Hawkeyes Fall To Purdue, 3-0

Sept. 22, 2007

Box Score

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa volleyball team was defeated by Purdue Saturday night, 3-0. Iowa falls to 8-5 overall and 0-2 in Big Ten play.

Freshman Katie Wessels led the Hawkeye attack with 11 kills in her first significant action in Black and Gold. Junior Emily Hiza tallied 20 digs while junior Kiley Fister recorded 30 assists.

Iowa had a 5-2 lead in game one, but Purdue tied the game at five. The game was tied at six, seven, eigth and nine before the Boilermakers took the lead for good at 10-9. The Boilermakers stretched their lead to 20-14 and later to 27-17. The Hawkeyes went on a 3-0 run with kills from Fister and Wessels, but Purdue put the game away, 30-20.

Purdue led for the duration of game two, winning 30-24. Iowa battled throughout the game, but the Boilermakers spoiled any chances of a Hawkeye comeback. Wessels recorded five of her 11 kills in game two, including one to bring the game within three points. Purdue followed with 5-0 run to put the game out of reach.

Iowa started game three with a 5-0 run, but Purdue eventually tied the game at eight and nine. The Boilermakers took a 10-9 lead and never trailed, stretching its lead to 17-11. The Hawkeyes fought back to within three at 21-18 with a Wessels service ace, but a Purdue kill and an Iowa attacking error gave the Boilermakers a 23-18 advantage. Purdue took control to win game three, 30-21.

Iowa returns to action Wednesday against Minnesota at 7 p.m. The match will be televised live on the Big Ten Network from inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

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