Iowa State was selected to their 16th NCAA Tournament since the hiring of Christy Johnson-Lynch in 2005 as a 7 seed headed up to Eugene, Oregon where the Ducks are the #2 seed in their quadrant. The Cyclones will take on the Rainbow Wahine of Hawaii.
Iowa State comes into the NCAA Tournament at a record of 20-9 and winners of their last 3 matches, including a win over 21st ranked Houston (who is an 8 seed in the tournament.) The Cyclones also have wins over tournament teams in Kansas (4 seed), TCU (not seeded), and Baylor (not seeded.) Led by freshman phenom Nayeli Gonzalez (Big 12 Rookie of the Year, First Team All-Big 12, and Unanimous All-Rookie Selection), sophomore sensation Maya Duckworth (1st and 2nd on the team in kills), and junior Brooke Stonestreet (first in digs) the Cyclones look to advance to the second round for the second consecutive year and eleventh time under coach Johnson-Lynch.
Hawaii touts a sturdy 23-8 record and enters the tournament on quite a roll of their own, winners of 6-straight and the Big West Tournament. Cyclone fans should keep an eye out or #3 for Hawaii, Amber Igiede. Amber led the team in kills with 417, good for 63rd in the country.
The match is set to start at 6:00 p.m. on ESPN+