Hawkeyes Swept at Ohio State

Nov. 18, 2005

Box Score

COLUMBUS, OH – The University of Iowa volleyball team was swept by the No. 17 Ohio State Buckeyes Friday night, 30-23, 30-25 and 30-27. Iowa falls to 14-16 (4-13), while Ohio State raises its record to 19-7 (12-5).

Freshman Catherine Smale led the way with 15 kills for Iowa – eight in game three alone. Melanie Meister and Laura Kremer each had eight kills on the match.

The Buckeyes raced out to a 12-5 lead in game one before Iowa mounted a spirited comeback. The Hawkeyes put together a 14-7 run, capped off by a Megan Gatens kill, to tie the game at 19-19. Ohio State came out rejuvenated after a timeout and quickly regained the lead, then went on a 7-1 run to end the game.

In game two, both teams went back-and-forth with the lead throughout the first half of the game. Ohio State looked to pull away with a 22-17 lead, but three-straight Hawkeye kills from Gatens, Meister and Kremer cut the lead to 22-20 and forced a Buckeye timeout. The Buckeyes slowly pulled away after that, eventually taking the 30-25 win.

Iowa fell behind early in game three, but Kremer served the Hawkeyes to cut the lead to 16-13. The Black and Gold hung strong the rest of the way, and tied things up at 26-26 on a Smale kill, then 28-28 on a Buckeye attack error. It wasn’t meant to be, however, as a Ami Stevens kill ended the game at 30-27.

Iowa returns to action tomorrow night with a visit to No. 2 Penn State. The match is set for 7 p.m. (CST).

MATCH SUMMARYIOWA          23   25   27No. 17 OSU    30   30   30