Oct. 26, 2005
IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa volleyball team fell at the hands of the No. 18 Minnesota Golden Gophers, 3-0, Wednesday at Carver Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes lost by scores of 30-24, 30-22 and 30-26. Iowa falls to 13-11 (3-8), while Minnesota raises its record to 17-5 (7-4).
The Gophers out-hit the Hawkeyes .287 to .131 and pounded out 58 kills to Iowa’s 39. Meghan Cumpston led all hitters with 16, while Iowa’s top killer was freshman Catherine Smale with 10.
Game one started off close, Iowa taking a 9-8 lead on a bad set by the Golden Gophers. Minnesota then rattled off five-straight points to take a 13-9 lead. They never looked back and finished the game on a kill from middle hitter Jessy Jones.
Minnesota led game to wire-to-wire, at one time going on a seven-point scoring run. With the Gophers leading 26-17, the Hawkeyes mounted a comeback behind the serving of Jacqueline Huguelet and cut the lead to 26-21. It was too little, too late for the Hawkeyes, as Minnesota closed out the game 30-22.
The third and final game was more of the same, with Iowa keeping things close but unable to put together a stretch that would see the Hawkeyes take the lead.
Freshman libero Emily Hiza paced Iowa with 12 digs, while setter Kiley Fister put up 26 assists. Huguelet and Stacy Vitali each had nine kills on the night.
Iowa returns to action Friday night when it hosts Indiana for Pack the Place night. The match starts at 7 p.m. and the Hawkeyes are hoping to break their attendance record set last season.
MATCH SUMMARYMinnesota 30 30 30IOWA 24 22 26