Cyclone volleyball ousted in NCAA opening round

MINNEAPOLIS – The Iowa State volleyball team had its eighth straight NCAA tournament berth cut down on Friday in the first round as the Cyclones fell in four games to Colorado, 17-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-21, inside the Sports Pavilion.

The Cyclones (18-10) won the opening set but fell behind during game two and never recovered. Colorado (18-13) led 9-7 before posting a 7-0 surge served up by Kelsey English, who had two aces during the Buffaloes’ run.

Taylor Simpson led Colorado with 16 kills and was the team’s only player to reach double figures. Nikki Lindow recorded eight total blocks to go with six kills, while English finished with six service aces.

Tory Knuth paced Iowa State with 11 kills and Ciara Capezio had 10. Mackenzie Bigbee and Morgan Kuhrt had nine apiece. Libero Kristen Hahn had a match-high 20 digs.

The Cyclones had just nine blocks to Colorado’s 20.

The Buffaloes will face host Minnesota (28-6) in Saturday’s second round. The Golden Gophers dispatched Radford in three sets in their first-round pairing, 25-11, 25-19, 25-8.