Freshman Malloy handles the pressure as Cyclones quietly gear up for a post-season run.

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There was pressure on the Iowa State volleyball team Wednesday night.

“We were all anxious knowing the match was on national TV and against a very good team that handled us the first time around,” Coach Christy Johnson-Lynch said after her team defeated Kansas State, 3-1.

After the win Johnson-Lynch saluted one of the key players in the victory, Andie Malloy.

“What I’m learning about her is that she is a gamer,” Johnson-Lynch said. “She works hard in practice and then never seems nervous in games. She has been put in a lot of high pressure situations lately and she seems like she has been there all her life.”

Handling added pressure, such as the K-State match, would normally fall to veterans. But, Malloy is a freshman from Texas.

Malloy recorded a team-best 18 kills against the Wildcats, her second consecutive game in which she set a personal-best for kills. Her game is emerging and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

“We are playing well and also improving,” Johnson-Lynch said. “It’s hard this time of year to improve and I feel like we are still getting better. Those are the types of teams that make long tourney runs.”

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