Iowa State Routs Drake in Season-Opening Exhibition

Iowa State Cyclones def. Bulldogs 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-5)

  • Exhibition Match
  • Ames, Iowa
  • Attendance: 473
  • Box Score

The NCAA season has arrived. Teams are reporting to pre-season training camps (read inside views of those camps here) and classes are due to begin.

On Saturday, major college volleyball began for the fall semester, albeit in exhibition. That’s when the Iowa State Cyclones beat the Drake Bulldogs in Ames in a Division I, in-state showdown. Impressively, as just an exhibition and with 9 days still until classes begin, 473 fans were still in the arena.

The Cyclones, who finished 3rd in the Big 12 last season, were dominant in their opener. In the first set, Drake scored on the first point, but then Iowa State senior outside hitter Genesis Miranda served the team to 13-straight points (14 including the side-out).

Both teams went deep into their benches, using the exhibition of a true exhibition. Drake played 15 players and Iowa State played 14, which helped keep individual stats down. Iowa State’s Alexis Conaway led all players with 11 points – 6 kills, 4 block assists, and an ace. Iowa State junior Jess Schaben, a 2016 AVCA Honorable Mention All-American, had 5 kills and 3 errors on 17 swings (just a .118 hitting percentage), but chipped in 8 digs.

As both teams got deeper into their bench in the 3rd set, the scoring became more lopsided in favor of the deeper Cyclones. They dominated all of the major statistical categories – they had more kills (33-14), more aces (8-2), more blocks (10-2), and more digs (46-33). Iowa State also out-hit Drake .288 to -1.65 for Drake (14 kills, 29 errors).

Press Releases:

Courtesy Iowa State Athletics:

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State showed its potential for the 2017 volleyball season with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-5) win over Drake in an exhibition contest Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. The Cyclones hit .287 as a team and recorded eight service aces, while restricting Drake to a -.165 hitting percentage with 10.0 total…

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