No. 19 Iowa State downs No. 7 Florida
Cyclones pick up first victory against top-10 team since 2009
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --The nineteenth-ranked Cyclones scored their first win against a top-10 team since the 2009 season on Monday, upsetting No. 9 Florida in five hard-fought sets (25-19, 29-27, 17-25, 18-25, 16-14).
"Florida is a great team," Cyclones head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch said. "The Gators are a very physical team and I thought we did a good job of staying aggressive in fifth game. We did a good job of keeping the pressure on them. The win is a team effort."
Kelsey Petersen led the Cyclones with a career-best 15 kills. Setter Alison Landwehr recorded her first double-double of the season with 52 assists and 11 digs and Hannah Willms had a career day with 12 kills and 12 digs for her first career double-double performance.
Jamie Straube added 13 kills for the Cyclones and Carly Jenson and libero Kristen Hahn were in double-digits with 15 digs and 11 digs, respectively.
Despite the well-balanced attack from Iowa State, in the deciding set it was mistakes that crippled the Gators and gave the Cyclones the edge. The Gators had nine errors, five off serves, during the set and an attack error by Kelly Murphy ended the match.
A battle from the start, Iowa State collected five blocks and held Florida to .029 hitting to take the first set.
Offense saved the day in set two as the Cyclones came back from facing two set points to win the set 29-27. Tenisha Matlock, Petersen and Willms each had four kills in the set to lead the Cyclones to a .361 hitting percentage and the 2-1 match lead.
Set three belonged to Florida as the Gators jumped on Iowa State early and hit .469 in the set behind four kills each by Kristy Jaeckel and Tangerine Wiggs. The Gators recorded three blocks in the set, slowing the Iowa State offense to .229, the first set of sub-.300 hitting for the Cyclones on the day.
The Gators held strong in set four, grabbing six blocks and halting the Iowa State offense which hit .060. Petersen had four kills for the second-straight set and Straube added four kills in the 25-18 set loss.
Overall, Jaeckel led the Gators with 16 kills and Murphy scored a double-double with 29 assists and 21 digs.