Nov. 28, 2004
Iowa (10-22, 2-18) closed out the 2004 season last night against Illinois (19-10, 11-9). Iowa’s offensive woes continued as the Hawkeyes were swept in three games (30-21, 30-22, 30-25).
Iowa couldn’t get into an offensive groove in game one and had a negative hitting percentage. They hit – .103 and had just eight kills in the 30-21 loss.
The Hawkeyes rebounded in game two and hit at a .400 clip. Iowa had 16 kills and no errors in the second game, but couldn’t overcome the attacking power of the Fighting Illini. Illinois also hit exceptionally well with just four errors and 26 kills in the 30-22 victory.
In game three Iowa again had trouble attacking and had just nine kills with a .024 hitting percentage in the 30-25 loss.
Iowa had five blocks compared to six blocks by Illinois in the match. The Fighting Illini posted 55 kills to 33 by the Hawkeyes. Both teams served well in the match; Iowa had seven ace serves to Illinois’ six.
Stacy Vitali and Carolyn Giese led the Hawkeyes with eleven and ten kills, respectively. Giese also had two ace serves, as did Tiana Costanzo. Justeen Patton had 28 assists, two kills, and 11 digs. Pam Kavadas led all players with 20 digs.
Three seniors played their final matches for Iowa – middle blocker Carolyn Giese, libero Pam Kavadas, and outside hitter Laura Simpson all finished their careers last night against Illinois.