Third-ranked Texas used a balanced attack to sweep Iowa State 26-24, 25-15, 25-17 Saturday night at Gregory Gym.
All of the Longhorns’ 43 kills came from five Texas hitters. UT’s Molly McCage led the Horns with 12 kills while hitting .529 and Amy Neal added 11 kills with a .360 percentage. Texas freshman Yaazie Bedart-Ghani tied her career high with seven kills and hit .667, with just one attack error and three blocks. Paulina Prieto Cerame chipped in 7 kills and Chiaka Ogbogu knocked down six kills with four blocks.
Texas (13-1) is tied with Kansas (15-0) atop the Big 12 at 3-0 and has not dropped a set in conference play. It was the Longhorns’ 10th sweep of the season. The Cyclones (9-5, 1-1) lost their first conference game of the season after a 2-0 start.
Iowa State was led by Morgan Kuhrt, who had a team high 11 kills. Iowa State’s Samara West hit .625 with six kills and led the team with three blocks.
Texas held a 4-3 lead to open the first set, then went on a 6-0 run behind kills from McCage, Prieto Cerame and Ogbogu to lead, 10-3. The Cyclones rallied for five straight points to get within two at 10-8.
Texas held the lead until a kill by Kuhrt put the Cyclones up 17-16. Kills from McCage and Bedart-Ghani put the Longhorns ahead 18-17, but Iowa State won four straight to take a 21-18 lead. UT fought back to tie it at 22-22 and Texas took the lead after an attack error by Alexis Conway. The Longhorns had set point at 24-23, but the Cyclones evened the score at 24. Neal knocked a kill at 25-24 to take the set for Texas.
Texas broke an 8-8 tie in the second set with five straight points to go ahead 13-8. The Cyclones went on a 4-0 run to get within one at 13-12. Texas went on a 9-2 run to push the lead to 22-14 and won it 25-15.
Texas built an 8-4 lead in the third set, and Iowa State pulled to get within one point at 11-10. The teams traded points until Texas extended its lead to 17-13. The Cyclones won the next two points, but the Horns responded with a 5-0 run to lead, 22-15. Texas closed out the set on an Ogbogu kill to win the set 25-17.
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