The UNI volleyball team opens their home schedule tonight as the Panthers host Iowa State. The Cyclones enter the matchup ranked #11 in the country and UNI coach Bobbi Petersen says the traditionally strong Cyclones are an even more physical team than usual.

The Panthers enter the match at 1-2 after opening the season with a tournament in Utah last weekend. Petersen says that they’ll have to be a much better service team to have a chance to upset the Cyclones. “We have to get comfortable at serving tough aggressively, every single time we go back there to serve. We probably had more errors than we had aces…so serving needs to pick up,” Petersen says.

Petersen says she also wants to see her team play more consistently. She says there were moments where she was “physically getting goosebumps” because of the play and then there were times when the ball fell between two people.

Tonight’s match at the McLeod Center will get started at 7:00.

By Jesse Gavin KCNZ Cedar Falls