LUBBOCK, Texas – Mackenzie Bigbee connected on 17 kills while Ciara Capezio added 12 Wednesday to help No. 25 Iowa State spoil Texas Tech’s Big 12 Conference home opener with a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-12, 25-13) at the United Spirit Arena.
The Cyclones (8-4; 2-0) remained undefeated early in league play after holding the Red Raiders (7-10; 0-2) to their lowest hitting percentage of the season, a .039 average that featured 19 hitting errors, 15 of which that came in the final two sets.
“It was a difficult night for us,” Tech head coach Don Flora said. “You have to give credit to Iowa State. They played a great match and are a true top-25 team. We have some work to do to get ready for this weekend, but I still like this team and know they will compete.”
Bigbee and Capezio were both accurate from the field for the Cyclones, who totaled a .279 hitting percentage as a team that was the second-highest for a Tech opponent this year. Bigbee and Capezio both hit .330 or better overall after combining for half of Iowa State’s swings.
Tech and Iowa State went back-and-forth early in the first set before the Cyclones took the early lead thanks to a 6-2 run to end the frame. The Cyclones held the Red Raiders to a negative hitting percentage over the next two sets to end the match.
Iowa State finished with 46 kills, approximately twice as many as Tech. It was the fewest kills for the Red Raider attack since also totaling 23 on Nov. 3 last year at Iowa State.
Breeann David led the Red Raiders with eight kills, six of which that came in the first set alone. Aubree Piper and Katie Daffer added six and four kills for Tech as well while setter Emily Ruetter finished with 21 assists to go along with three digs.
One of the more interesting position battles heading into the match was the play of Kristen Hahn and Tech’s Rachel Brummitt, the top two liberos in the Big 12 for digs per set.
The pair were both steady throughout with Brummitt recording a match-high 13 digs followed right behind by Hahn with 12. Iowa State out-dug the Red Raiders, 49-40, in the match and controlled an 8-2 advantage in blocks as well.
The Red Raiders continue their week-long homestand Saturday afternoon when Tech hosts West Virginia hosts West Virginia in a 1 p.m. first serve at the United Spirit Arena.
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