Sept. 5, 2003
AMES, IA – The Iowa volleyball team recorded its second loss of the season Friday evening in a 3-1 loss to Iowa State at the Cyclone Challenge in Hilton Coliseum.
Iowa State entered the match with the momentum, controlling game one with a 30-19 win. The Hawkeyes and Cyclones both registered 12 kills, but errors proved costly as Iowa committed 12 to finish with a .000 hitting percentage. Iowa State committed only three errors and finished the first game with a .300 percentage.
Game two proved to be a closer battle with Iowa State once again pulling ahead for the 30-26 victory. Iowa tallied 14 kills compared to the Cyclones’ 23.
After intermission Iowa gained momentum and played its best game of the match, defeating Iowa State, 30-24. The Hawkeyes posted a .214 hitting percentage (14-5-42) compared to the Cyclones’ .146 (18-11-48).
The Cyclones regained control in the fourth game, downing the Hawkeyes, 30-20. Iowa registered 12 kills while committing 14 errors for a -.034 hitting percentage. Iowa State recorded 15 kills with just three errors for a .245 hitting percentage.
For the match, Iowa registered a .085 hitting percentage compared to Iowa State’s .241. The Hawkeyes recorded 52 kills compared to the Cyclones’ 68, tallied 67 digs compared to Iowa State’s 73 and registerd six team blocks compared to the Cyclones’ eight.
Junior Carolyn Giese led the Hawkeyes with 15 kills, eight digs and two service aces. Junior Laura Simpson registered 14 kills, nine digs and a team-leading four blocks. Senior Jitka Stehnova recorded her fourth double-double in as many matches with 33 assists and 10 digs. She also recorded two service aces. Sophomore Echaka Agba registered 10 kills and six digs. Freshman Tiana Costanzo posted 12 digs. She has now recorded in double figures in digs in all four matches as a Hawkeye. Freshman Aabria Lipscomb saw her first collegiate action with one kill.
Iowa (2-2, 0-0) will return to action tomorrow morning when it faces Kentucky at 9 a.m. The Hawkeyes will then face Western Illinois at 2 p.m.