Nov. 25, 2004
Iowa (10-21, 2-17) had a tough task in front of them tonight in volleyball action as they faced fifth-ranked team Minnesota (27-4, 16-3). The Gophers were too much for an Iowa team that struggled on offense and Minnesota swept the Hawks in three games (30-20, 30-10, 30-24).
Laura Simpson, Stacy Vitali and Carolyn Giese each had six kills for Iowa. The Hawkeyes only had 26 kills in the match to Minnesota’s 62. Justeen Patton connected for 22 assists and also had one ace serve. Tiana Costanzo and Lauren Bruckner also each had one service ace.
As a team, Iowa had a .041 hitting percentage in the match. The Hawkeyes had a negative percentage in the first two games, – .023 and – .079, and had only four kills in the entire second game. In the third game, the Hawkeyes finally had a little success with 13 kills and a .220 attacking efficiency rate.
Defense was the strongest area for Iowa against Minnesota. Pam Kavadas and Jacqueline Huguelet had 14 and 12 digs, respectively. Simpson was also part of four blocks. The Hawkeyes had 5.5 blocks compared to 8 by the Gophers.
Three Gopher players had double-digit kills against the Hawks. Erin Martin led with 15. Amanda Hokenson and Jessica Byrnes had 11 and ten kills, respectively. Hokenson had a .688 hitting percentage. Minnesota hit .326 as a team.
Coach Cindy Fredrick will complete her first season at the helm of Iowa volleyball this Saturday against Illinois. The match will begin at 7 p.m.