No. 9 Iowa State defeats No. 14 Kentucky at the 2010 Runza/AVCA Showcase
courtesy Iowa State athletics
OMAHA, Neb. - Ninth-ranked Iowa State got 17 kills from Victoria Henson and Carly Jenson posted her first career double-double, finishing with 14 kills and 16 digs, to defeat No. 14 Kentucky, 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22), Sunday afternoon at the Runza/AVCA Showcase. The Cyclones evened their season record at 1-1.
Jenson's career night and Henson's season-high helped Iowa State hit .312 as a team. Sophomore setter Alison Landwehr narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 10 kills, 43 assists and eight digs. Landwehr is the first Iowa State setter in the Christy Johnson-Lynch era to post 10 or more kills in a match.
"I thought that Alison played really well," Iowa State head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch said. "She located the ball and put our hitters in a great position to succeed."
Kelsey Petersen also had a great night for the Cyclones, ripping 11 kills and hitting .409 on the right side.
"Kelsey played what I think might have been the best match of her career," Johnson-Lynch said. "She really turned it on offensively today."
Iowa State cranked it up defensively in the first set, holding Kentucky to a .083 hitting percentage and using five kills from Henson and four from Jenson to take the set 25-17. Iowa State trailed 12-10 but went on a 9-2 run to gain control of the set.
The Cyclones were sluggish out of the gates in the second set, falling behind 15-9. A 10-4 run tied the set at 19-19 following a kill from Landwehr, but Kentucky tallied the next three points and went on to a 25-22 win.
The third set was a hotly contested battle, with ISU jumping out to an early lead and fending off a valiant Kentucky rally. Kentucky closed the gap to 20-19, but Jenson responded with a big kill to give the Cyclones some separation. After the Wildcats again trimmed the lead to one at 23-22, Henson and Jamie Straube teamed up for a block and Landwehr set Henson for the set winner.
In the fourth, Iowa State jumped out to a quick 5-3 lead following another kill from Landwehr. As was the case much of the day, Kentucky responded, going up 15-12. The three-point lead wouldn't last as Jenson, Landwehr and Henson rattled off three-straight kills to get the Cyclones back into the contest.
Iowa State regained the lead at 17-16 on a kill from Debbie Stadick, and the teams went back-and-forth until the Cyclones opened up a two-point cushion on a kill from Jenson followed by the junior teaming up with Straube for a block. Jenson then tacked on another kill and Straube finished it with her sixth kill of the match.
Defensively, Iowa State got 17 digs from Ashley Mass, who becomes the school-record holder with her 94th career 10-dig match.