Back on the Road

Oct. 26, 2004

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This Week: The Hawkeyes (9-11, 1-7) hit the road against Wisconsin (11-5, 5-3) Friday and Northwestern (7-11, 2-6) Saturday. The matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Live statistics and updates of the Wisconsin match can be found on the Wisconsin athletic site at To follow the Iowa match played at Northwestern, you can follow GameTracker which is found under the volleyball schedule/results page on the Northwestern athletic website,

Last Week: Iowa played at Purdue and Indiana. The Boilermakers defeated the Hawks in three games (30-16, 30-20, 30-19) and the Hoosiers also swept Iowa (30-23, 30-22, 30-24). Iowa was still playing without two of its three leading hitters, Laura Simpson and Stacy Vitali. Carolyn Giese paced Iowa against Purdue with 11 kills. Tiana Costanzo had a team-leading eight kills against Indiana.

The Badgers: Coach Pete Waite and his team are on a five-game winning streak after sweeping Michigan State and Michigan. Wisconsin beat Michigan State in three games last Friday and then held on to defeat Michigan in four. Leading the way is junior middle blocker Sheila Shaw with 3.89 kills and 1.47 blocks per game. Jill Odenthal and Maria Carlini are averaging over three kills per game. Jackie Simpson and Katie Lorenzen average 12.16 and 13 assists, respectively. Jocelyn Wack digs up 5.14 balls per game at the libero position.

Iowa-Wisconsin Series: Wisconsin won the last meeting on October 9 in three games (30-21, 30-24, 30-22). The victory increased the Badgers lead in the series to 32-17-1. Iowa last defeated Wisconsin in 1994. The Wildcats: After defeating Purdue for their second Big Ten victory on October 15, Coach Keylor Chan and the Wildcats are on a three-game skid. Sophomore Julie Purcell and freshman Courtnie Paulus lead Northwestern with 3.33 and 3.21 kills, respectively. Drew Robertson puts up an average of 11.11 assists per game. Christie Gardner paces the defensive effort with 4.47 digs per game and Brittney Aldridge has 64 blocks for an average of 0.93 per game.

Iowa-Northwestern Series: Northwestern last beat Iowa in five games on October 8 (30-22, 21-30, 28-30, 30-18, 15-10). The win increased their lead in the series to 26-22-1. The Hawks last beat the Wildcats in 2001.

In Fredrick’s Words: “We have lost Chelsey Garrett to illness now, and we’re still without Laura Simpson and Stacy Vitali. When it rains it pours, and it’s pouring on us right now.

“The kids that are playing are still playing very hard, and because of that we’re able to deal with this situation positively. Practices are going well and that’s the best news right now.

“Everything is really out of our control now. We haven’t given up hope, because we’ll eventually get all of our players back. But the Big Ten season rolls on, so we have to roll on with it the best we can.”

Making History: Senior libero Pam Kavadas has 387 digs this season for a career total of 1,359. That makes her fourth on Iowa’s all-time dig list. Janet Moylan (1987-1990) is Iowa’s all-time leader with 1,931.

Fellow senior Carolyn Giese is also chasing the record books. Giese has 268 kills this season, a team leading 3.53 kills per game. For her career, Giese has 838 kills out of 2,180 attempts. Her attacking percentage is .215, which puts her at number 15 on Iowa’s all-time attack percentage list.

Big Ten News: In Big Ten matches, Justeen Patton has cracked the top ten with 254 assists in 30 games for an average of 8.47 assists per game. Lauren Bruckner is tenth in the conference with eight aces, an average of 0.24 ace serves per game. In 30 conference games, Pam Kavadas has 159 digs, for an average of 4.82 per game, fifth-best in the league. Through 30 conference games, Carolyn Giese has 111 kills for an average of 3.70 per game, which is tenth best in the Big Ten.

Counting all games played this season, Pam Kavadas is ninth with 22 service aces in 76 games for an average of 0.29 per game. Kavadas is also third with 384 digs for an average of 5.05 digs per game. Iowa is sixth in service aces with 96 aces in 76 games for an average of 1.26 per game. Illinois leads the conference with an average of 1.74 aces in 70 games. The Hawkeyes are fourth in the digging category with an average of 16.20 digs in 76 games. Minnesota is first with an average of 19.81 digs in 80 games.