The 17th-ranked UNI volleyball team fell to Iowa State (RV) 25-20, 25-20, 32-30 Wednesday at a sold-out McLeod Center.
The Panthers struggled to find the same stingy defense and consistent hitting that carried them to a pair of top-15 wins last week at the USC Invite in Los Angeles.
UNI got into a groove in the third set, but failed to capitalize on three set points before falling 32-30.
Reigning MVC Player of the Week Karlie Taylor led the way with 17 kills and Jaydlin Seehase added 13 kills. The Cyclones notched a .306 attack percentage while UNI hit just .202.
Rachel Koop tallied 32 assists and Kendyl Sorge had a team-high 14 digs.
For the first time in UNI Volleyball history the McLeod Center was sold out. The final attendance figure was the 6,415, a sellout with standing room only crowds. The last time UNI Volleyball hit close to capacity was in 2011 against Iowa State.
The Panthers continue the home stand and host Pac-12 power Washington State (RV) on both Friday and Saturday. Coverage on News/Talk 1540 KXEL begins at 5:45 on Friday and 11:15 on Saturday morning.
UNI Athletics Media Relations contributed to this story.