Hawkeyes Head to South Carolina

Sept. 14, 2005

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This Week ? The University of Iowa volleyball team will take off for Conway, SC, to take part in the Microtel Inn & Suites CCU Classic.

The Hawkeyes will open up with the host Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Friday at 6 p.m., then battle North Carolina A&T (11 a.m.) and East Tennessee State (3:30 p.m.) Saturday. All times are central.

Weekly Press Conference ? Each week, Head Coach Cindy Fredrick will host a weekly press conference Tuesday from 11:45-12:15 p.m. at the Iowa Football Complex. The press conference precedes Iowa Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz’s weekly press gathering.

Last Week ? The Hawkeyes split four games at the UTA Invitational last weekend in Arlington, TX. Iowa won its first two games, defeating Texas-Pan American (3-0) and Texas-Arlington (3-1), then fell to Arkansas-Little Rock (2-3) and Wake Forest (0-3).

The Hawkeyes started in strong fashion, sweeping Texas Pan-American. Melanie Meister led the way with 13 kills, while Stacy Vitali registered 11.

In the nightcap against Texas-Arlington, the Hawkeyes took a four-game win after hitting .301 for the match. It was the first time they hit over .300 as a team this season.

Things didn’t go as well for Iowa on Saturday, and they dropped their first match to Arkansas-Little Rock in five games. Tiana Costanzo (16 kills, 18 digs) and Kiley Fister (51 assists, 11 digs) each recorded a double-double in the loss.

In the final game, Wake Forest hit a robust .353 to down the Hawkeyes in three games.

All Tournament Team ? Hawkeye junior outside hitter Tiana Costanzo was named to the Hilton/UTA Invitational All-Tournament team last weekend.

Scouting Coastal Carolina ? The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are 2-5 on the season.

The attack is led by two-time first team all-Big South outside hitter Katherine Jensen-Spencer. Last season, she set the Coastal Carolina single-season kills mark.

Setting for the Chanticleers is first team all-Big South and Coastal Carolina all-time assist leader Jennifer Hampton.

The Chanticleers are coached by Kristen Bauer, who is in her eighth season.

This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Scouting North Carolina A&T ? The North Carolina A&T Aggies are 4-5 on the season. After losing their first four games to start the season, the Aggies have won four-of-their-last five.

The North Carolina A&T attack is centered around Arlene Mitchell, who has 167 kills – over 100 more than the next best on the team.

Setting Mitchell will be Brenden Chatmen, who has 329 assists.

Millicent Sylvan is the head coach of the Aggies, and is in her sixth year.

This is the first meeting between the two schools.

Scouting East Tennessee State ? The East Tennessee State enters the weekend with a 5-2 record.

The Bucaneer attack is led by Sarah Buhr and Jennifer Sartar. Buhr leads the way with 95 kills and a .267 hitting percentage, while Sartar has 85 kills and a .239 hitting percentage.

East Tennessee State is coached by Lindsey Devine, who is in her third season at the helm.

Iowa and East Tennessee State have never met.

Winning (and Losing) in All Ways ? In the team’s six wins this season, the Hawkeyes have won three three-game matches, one four-game match and two five-game matches.

In the team’s three losses, Iowa has lost a three-game, a four-game and a five-game match.

Can You Dig It? ? The Hawkeyes lead the Big Ten Conference with 525 digs. As a team, Iowa averages 15.00 digs per game.

Freshman Digger ? Freshman libero Emily Hiza leads the Hawkeyes with 131 digs. That total is good for third in the Big Ten.

Freshman Disher ? Freshman setter Kiley Fister is third in the Big Ten with 359 assists. She is averaging 10.26 assists per game, good for ninth in the conference.

Freshman Killer ? Freshman outside hitter Catherine Smale is tied for the team lead with 118 kills. She is averaging 3.37 per game.

She had her best game in the Black and Gold last weekend against Texas-Arlington, pounding out 21 kills and hitting at a career-best .357 clip. She also added 17 digs in the win.

Pounding the Ball ? Sophomore outside hitter Stacy Vitali is tied for the team-lead with 118 kills, and has a team-best .294 hitting percentage.

The Wall ? Junior middle blocker Melanie Meister leads the team with 10 solo blocks and 36 total blocks. Nobody else on the team has more than three solo blocks.

Great Debut ? Freshman Felicia Booth saw her first action as a Hawkeye against Texas-Pan American last weekend and made her debut a memorable one. Her first-career kill was also the game-winner against the Lady Broncos in game one.

Classmates Mary Puck and Laura Kremer also made their Hawkeye debuts over the weekend.

Ranked Recruits ? The Hawkeye freshman class is one of the most accomplished recruiting classes Iowa has ever brought in, and they were ranked 30th in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com. It is the fifth-ranked class in the Big Ten behind Penn State (No. 2 nationally), Minnesota (No. 4), Purdue (No. 6) and Wisconsin (No. 17). Stanford has the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class.

The class consists of Laura Kremer, Catherine Smale, Kiley Fister, Emily Hiza, Felicia Booth, Laura Gustin and Mary Puck.

Prep All-Americans ? Three members of the Hawkeye freshman class were named high school all-Americans by PrepVolleyball.com. Kiley Fister, Catherine Smale and Emily Hiza were all honored by the website.

Take Me To Your Leader ? Junior middle blocker Melanie Meister and junior outside hitter Tiana Costanzo are the Hawkeye captains this season.

The Assistant Coaches ? Dr. Mashallah (Farokh) Farokhmanesh and Chad Hanson will serve as assistants to Head Coach Cindy Fredrick again this season. Farokh, the associate head coach, is the husband of Coach Fredrick.

Welcome Aboard ? The Hawkeye coaching staff has a new addition this year with DeAnn Woodin joining up as the programs first Director of Volleyball Operations.

Woodin will work closely with the Hawkeye volleyball staff, helping coordinate and carry out the day-to-day activities in the program.

She joins the staff after a successful run as the head coach at Kirkwood Community College. In her two seasons at the helm, she led Kirkwood to a 81-25 record, two undefeated conference seasons and the school’s first-ever NJCAA Division II National Championship in 2003.