BERKELEY, Calif. - The second-ranked Stanford volleyball team turned away Iowa State in the Sweet 16, sweeping the Cyclones 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 in Friday's NCAA tournament pairing.
Jordan Burgess charted a match-high 16 kills and hit .448 to lead Stanford (30-3) into tonight's regional final against unranked Michigan. The Wolverines swept surprising Michigan State in three sets as well.
Stanford hit .322 as a team and totaled eight blocks in the match. Iowa State (22-8) committed 18 swinging errors in all, hitting just .140 in their season finale.
Victoria Hurtt led Iowa State with seven kills, Rachel Hockaday and Jamie Straube had six apiece, and Tenisha Matlock five for the Cyclones. Alison Landwehr finished with 23 assists, Kristen Hahn had 20 digs, and Matlock led the way with four total blocks.
This marked the fifth time in six seasons that the Cyclones had reached the regional semifinals. It was Iowa State's seven straight NCAA tournament berth under head coach Christy Johnson-Lynch.