AMES, Iowa — Iowa State (24-5) earned its fourth berth to the third round of the NCAA tournament in six years on Saturday, marching past Miami (FL) in straight sets, 25-21, 25-10, 25-14.
Iowa State rode the serve of Rachel Hockaday to open up an early 7-1 lead in the third game, which they never lost grasp of. The Cyclones were led by four third-set kills each from Victoria Hurtt and Jamie Straube.
Straube led the Iowa State offense with 12 kills at a .357 hitting percentage. The junior also led the Cyclones in blocking with one solo block and two block assists. Hurtt posted 10 kills at a career-best .429 hitting clip. It was the fourth time in 2011 the freshman had double-figure kills. Hurtt was also a presence at the net with two block assists. Kristen Hahn led the Iowa State defense with 18 digs, nine coming in the first set.
Miami held leads of 4-1, 10-5 and 16-12 in game one but Straube put the Cyclones on her back and notched three kills during an 11-3 run by Iowa State to take a 23-19 lead. Carly Jenson smashed the final two kills for Iowa State as the Cyclones took the 1-0 lead. Both Straube and Jenson collected a game-high five kills.
Picking up where they left off at the end of set one, the Cyclones jumped out to a 12-0 lead in game two on Hockaday’s serve. Straube, Jenson and Hurtt each posted four kills in the set and Landwehr added 11 assists in the 25-10 set win to give the home team the 2-0 lead heading to the locker rooms. Iowa State hit an outstanding .552 in the second and only committed one error.
The Hurricanes were led by nine kills from Alex Johnson at a .350 hitting percentage. Johnson also contributed three block assists. ACC Player of the Year Lane Carico added seven kills but posted seven attacking errors on the evening. Taylor Hollins led Miami with nine digs and Emani Sims led the Hurricanes on the blocks with one solo and three block assists.