AMES, Iowa - The No. 25 University of Northern Iowa women's volleyball team was defeated by the No. 18 Iowa State Cyclones Wednesday night in Ames, Iowa. UNI fell 18-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-27, to the Cyclones.
Amy Braun led the Panthers with 14 kills and 15 digs. Megan Lehman was second with 13 digs. Molly Turk recorded 42 assists for UNI and Shelby Kintzel had a .435 hitting percentage.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the first set, a block by Shelby Kintzel gave the Panthers the 4-3 lead. An attack error by the Cyclones made it 5-3 and a block by sisters Shelby and Courtney Kintzel gave UNI the 6-3 lead. A kill from Amy Braun gave UNI the 7-3 lead. ISU took advantage of a UNI service error to make it 7-4 but UNI answered with a kill from Braun to boost UNI's lead to 8-4. The Cyclones then went on a 5-1 run to tie it up at 9-9. The Cyclones continued this run and lengthened their lead to 18-12 at a UNI timeout. The Panthers could not keep up with this ISU run and UNI fell 25-18 in the first set.
UNI jumped out to an early lead in the second set. The score was tied at 3-3 and kills from both Krista DeGeest and Megan Lehman as well as a block from the two helped the Panthers go on a 7-0 run to give them the 10-3 lead. The Cyclones started to creeping back and several kills helped bring ISU to within five at 15-10 UNI. A block by Molly Turk and DeGeest and several attack errors by the Cyclones brought the Panthers lead up to 19-11. ISU then put up a 7-1 run to bring the score within two at 20-18. A kill from Shelby Kintzel gave UNI the 21-18 lead but ISU answered with a kill from Rachel Hockaday and took advantage of a UNI attack error to make it 21-20. Lehman got the kill on the next play to make it 22-20 but ISU answered with a kill of their own to make it 22-21. Two straight kills from Braun gave UNI 24-21 lead. The Cyclones tried to come back, but UNI held on to win the set 25-23.
The beginning of the third set was a back and forth battle for both teams. The score was tied nine separate times in the first half of the match. With the score tied for the last time in the match at 10-10, two straight kills gave the Cyclones the 12-10 lead. ISU then went on a 5-2 run and at a UNI timeout the Panthers were down 12-17. The Cyclones were too much for the Panthers to handle in rest of the set and UNI lost the third set, 25-14
With the score tied at 8-8 in the fourth set, a kill by Shelby Kintzel and an attack error by ISU gave UNI the 10-8 lead. The Cyclones got a kill on the next play to make it 10-9 but UNI answered with a kill by Lehman to make it 11-9. ISU went on a 3-1 run to tie it at 12-12. UNI took the lead again but ISU answered and tied it again at 15-15. Several kills from Kintzel, Braun and Lehman helped the Panthers respond with a 7-2 run to take the lead at 21-17. The Cyclones then went on a run of their own to tie it back up at 21-21. A kill from Kintzel put UNI in the lead at 22-21 but the Cyclones got a kill of their own in the next play to tie it back up at 22-22. This happened several more times until the score was tied at 24-24. A kill by Braun gave the Panthers the 25-24 lead but ISU took advantage of an attack error to tie it up at 25-25. ISU had blocks in the next two plays to defeat UNI 27-25 in the set and 3-1 in the match.
The Panthers will return to the court on Saturday when they kick off the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. UNI will take on Wake Forest at 10:00 a.m.