Oct. 25, 2003
IOWA CITY, IA – The Iowa volleyball team dropped its 10th conference match of the season Saturday evening in a 3-0 loss to Michigan at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Game one began as a close contest with Iowa holding the advantage at 7-4. Michigan collected the next three points to even the score, 7-7. The match then turned into a back-and-forth battle with neither team leading by more than a point until the Wolverines took a 13-11 lead. Michigan held the lead for the remainder of the game, winning 30-25. The Hawkeyes collected 14 kills led by junior Laura Simpson with seven. Junior Carolyn Giese collected three kills. Simpson and junior Pam Kavadas recorded four digs each. Team blocks proved to be a factor as Michigan held a 6.5-0 advantage.
Iowa once again took the early lead to begin game two, taking an 8-4 advantage. The Hawkeyes held on to the lead until Michigan tied things up at 11-11. With the Wolverines leading, 17-15, Michigan posted an 8-0 run to increase its lead, 25-15. The Hawkeyes were only able to come away with three of the final eight points in the 30-18 loss. Simpson, Giese and freshmen Tiana Costanzo and Meredith Stach each collected two kills. The Hawkeyes were out-hit .444-.028.
Michigan carried momentum in game three, handing Iowa its lowest point total of the season in a 30-9 victory to claim the match.
As a team Iowa was out-hit .337-.000. The Hawkeyes registered 32 kills, 29 assists, three service aces and 41 digs. Michigan posted 42 kills, 39 assists, two service aces and 49 digs. Team blocks proved to be a major factor as Iowa was out-blocked 14.5-1.
Simpson led the Hawkeyes with 12 kills and six digs. Giese added six kills. Costanzo recorded five kills and nine digs. Kavadas led the team with 11 digs.
Iowa (5-15, 0-10) will return to action Wednesday night when it travels to Minneapolis, MN, to face 25th-ranked Minnesota. Competition is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Sports Pavilion.