MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (October 30, 2021) – The West Virginia University volleyball team was unable to overcome Iowa State, as the Mountaineers suffered a 3-1 loss on Saturday afternoon, in Ames, Iowa, at the James H. Hamilton Coliseum. The Cyclones (13-7, 5-4 Big 12) took the match from the Mountaineers (13-7, 3-6 Big 12) in set scores of 25-21, 25-20, 21-25 and 26-24.
“Our inconsistency hurt us, said coach Reed Sunahara. “I thought we competed better in the third and fourth sets, but that was a little too late. We need to rebound tomorrow.”
Two Mountaineers recorded double-doubles in tonight’s match. Senior outside hitter Adrian Ell recorded her fifth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 18 digs. She was followed by senior setter Lacey Zerwas with her ninth double-double of the season and 29th in her career. Zerwas recorded 42 assists and 13 digs.
Additionally, five Mountaineers tallied double-digit scores, including fifth-year senior libero Alexa Hasting who recorded 25 digs. She was followed by sophomore outside hitter Skye Stokes who recorded 13 digs, and redshirt senior Athena Ardila, who tallied 12 digs.
To wrap up West Virginia’s double-digit scorers were junior middle blocker Emmy Ogogor and fifth-year senior middle blocker Briana Lynch who both recorded ten kills.
WVU finished the match hitting .140 with 54 kills and six team blocks.
West Virginia opened set one with a block assist from senior outside hitter Kristin Lux and Ogogor, but Iowa State responded by putting a point on the board. WVU used a 2-0 run to take the lead. After a close set early on, ISU tied it, 10-10. The teams traded points until the Mountaineers went on a 3-0 scoring run to take the lead 15-12. The teams traded points, and WVU continued to hold the lead. Iowa State took its first lead in set one, 22-21. Following their first lead, the Cyclones went on a 5-0 scoring run to take set one, 25-21.
The Cyclones open set two with a 4-0 lead. Zerwas opened scoring for the Mountaineers, who went on a 3-0 scoring run. The teams traded points until WVU tied it 6-6. Iowa State continued to hold the lead for most of the set until the Mountaineers took their first lead, 15-14. The Cyclones took back the lead after going on a 5-0 scoring run. West Virginia was unable to overcome Iowa State, who took set two, 25-20.
Iowa State opened set three with a point, but West Virginia responded with a 3-0 scoring run. The Cyclones tied set three, and the teams traded scoring runs. WVU held the lead to the media timeout, 15-14. Following the timeout, the teams traded points in the close scoring set. The score had been tied since 13-13. West Virginia continued to hold the lead until Iowa State took its first lead in the set, 17-16. The Mountaineers took back the lead, 18-17, and the teams continued to trade points. Nearing the end of the set, West Virginia saw a successful challenge to hold the lead, 22-21. A 4-0 scoring run gave WVU set three, 25-21.
An Iowa State 6-2 lead opened the fourth set. WVU went on a 3-0 scoring run with a trio of kills. Another WVU scoring run tied the set, 7-7. ISU responded with a run and continued to hold the lead. The Mountaineers won another challenge to tie the set, 15-15. WVU then took the lead 18-16 to force an Iowa State timeout nearing the end of the set. West Virginia continued its scoring run following the timeout and forced a final Iowa State timeout, 20-16. The Cyclones went on a 4-0 scoring run to tie the set, 20-20. West Virginia brought the set to 24-23, but the back-and-forth set ended in Iowa States’ favor, 26-24.
West Virginia returns to the court on Sunday for another match against Iowa State. First serve is set for 2 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN2.
Press Release: WVU Athletic Department