Iowa to Play Final Home Matches

Nov. 16, 2004

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This Week: The Hawkeyes (9-19, 1-15) are home this weekend to host Indiana (8-19, 2-14) Wednesday at 7 p.m. On Sunday Iowa will face Purdue (14-12, 7-9) at 2 p.m. Live statistics and updates all home matches can be found on the results page at under Gametracker.

Seniors Honored: At Sunday’s match against the Boilermakers, the Iowa volleyball team will recognize its four seniors. Middle blocker Carolyn Giese (Dubuque, IA), libero Pam Kavadas (Roselle, IL), outside hitter Laura Simpson (Sassafras, Australia) and student-assistant coach Amoreena Reynolds (Roseville, MN) all will be honored for their contributions to the Iowa volleyball program.

Last Week: Iowa lost to Michigan State (11-13, 6-10) and Michigan (18-9, 8-8) on the road. The Spartans defeated Iowa in three games (30-25, 31-29, 30-28). The Wolverines also swept the Hawkeyes (30-22, 30-19, 30-22).

The Hoosiers: Head Coach Katie Weismiller and her squad are in the midst of a six-game slump, with their last win coming over Iowa on October 23. The Hoosiers fell to Purdue in a marathon match last Wednesday (30-21, 29-31, 31-33, 30-19, 15-13) and were swept on Friday by Illinois (30-20, 30-18, 30-22). Senior Katie Pollom leads Indiana with 3.75 kills per game, with an attacking percentage of .308. Tasha Arsenych averages 11.5 digs per game. Three Hoosiers have over 200 digs with freshman Christina Nilles averaging 2.99 per game and also leads the team with 28 aces. Middle blocker Mandy Eberle is averaging 1.2 blocks per game, with 112 total blocks this season.

Iowa-Indiana Series: The Hoosiers swept the Hawkeyes in Bloomington (30-23, 30-22, 30-24). The win increased Indiana’s lead in the series to 29-20.

The Boilermakers: Purdue is fresh off two five-game wins last week. Coach Dave Shondell’s team won at Indiana (30-21, 29-31, 31-33, 31-29, 15-11) on Thursday and defeated then-number 25 ranked Illinois (25-30, 30-24, 30-32, 31-29, 15-11) on Saturday. Leah Wischmeier leads the team with 4.28 kills per game. Senior Kim McConaha is next with 3.87 kills per game and a team-leading 1.08 blocks. Renata Dargan puts up 13.15 assists per game, while also adding 1.67 kills and 0.78 blocks per game. Senior Daren Poe digs up 4.48 attempts per game. Brittany Dildine has 14 ace serves for 0.25 per game.

Iowa-Purdue Series: The Boilermakers defeated the Hawkeyes in West Lafayette on October 22 (30-16, 30-20, 30-19). Purdue holds a 33-18 advantage in the series.

In Fredrick’s words: “We are really looking forward to playing Indiana. Last time that we faced them we were decimated with illness. In fact, we had Lauren Bruckner, a 5-8 defensive specialist playing outside hitter! Now we have three players back – Laura Simpson, Chelsey Garrett and Stacy Vitali – and even though they aren’t back 100 percent, it does help. It’s going to be a little more even playing field.

Purdue will be a very difficult match. They have been on a roll lately, and a playing very good volleyball. Right now they have a lot of confidence. We are hoping to stay competitive and send the seniors off in a positive note.”

Making History: Senior libero Pam Kavadas has 488 digs this season for a career total of 1,460. That total ranks third on Iowa’s all-time dig list. Janet Moylan (1987-1990) is Iowa’s all-time dig leader with 1,931.

Senior middle blocker Carolyn Giese is also chasing the record books. Giese has 308 kills this season for Iowa, a team- leading 3.38 kills per game. For her career, Giese has 878 kills out of 2,302 attempts. Her attacking percentage of .207 puts her at 18th on the Iowa all-time attack percentage list.

Big Ten News: In 51 conference games, Pam Kavadas has 263 digs, for an average of 5.16 per game, third best in the league. Justeen Patton is 10th in the league with an average of 8.83 assists in 48 games. Lauren Bruckner is ninth in conference-only matches with 12 aces for an average of 0.24 per game.

Counting all games played this season, Pam Kavadas is third with 488 digs for an average of 5.19 digs per game. Minnesota’s Paula Gentil is first with 670 digs in 104 games for an average of 6.44 per game.

Iowa is sixth in service aces with 114 aces in 94 games for an average of 1.21 per game. Illinois leads the Big Ten with 156 aces this season, an average of 1.68 per game.

The Hawkeyes are fourth with 1,534 digs in 94 games for 16.32 digs per game. Minnesota is tops with 19.65 digs per game.