Sept. 30, 2006
CHAMPAIGN, IL – The University of Iowa volleyball team was defeated by the Illinois Fighting Illinis in four games Saturday night in Champaign, IL. The Hawkeyes fell by scores of 30-22, 30-24, 30-21 and 30-21.
Iowa falls to 11-5, 0-4 in Big Ten play. Illinois ups its record to 11-5 (2-2).
“I thought we played better tonight, but we still let a lot of opportunities get by,” Iowa Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. “It was really good to see Megan Schipper play well. She gave us a nice little spark.”
In game one, Iowa kept things tight early, and tied the game up at 16-16 after back-to-back kills from Smale and Allison Smith and an Illinois attack error. The Fighting Illini bounced back and began to pull away with a five-point run. A kill from Kayani Turner ended the game a 30-22.
The Hawkeyes jumped out to an early lead in game two, only to have Illinois come back and tie things up at 19-19. Iowa responded right away and re-took its lead behind a Melanie Meister kill. The Hawkeyes never looked back, and Smale pounded out Iowa’s last three points for the 30-24 win. She had a team-high nine kills in the game.
The Illini came storming back in game three, trailing only after giving the Hawkeyes a 1-0 lead on a service error. Iowa managed to cut the lead to 12-11 with a Kiley Fister ace, but could get no closer and fell 30-21.
The Hawkeyes got into a hole early in game four when the Fighting Illini jumped out to a 7-2 lead and forced Iowa into a timeout. It didn’t get any easier for the Black and Gold the rest of the way, as Illinois cruised to the win and took the match.
Iowa returns to action next weekend with a homestand against Indiana and Purdue. The Hawkeyes will battle the Hoosiers Friday at 7 p.m., then take on the Boilermakers Saturday at 7 p.m.
MATCH SUMMARYIOWA 22 30 21 21Illinois 30 24 30 30