Oct. 31, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – The University of Iowa volleyball team was swept by Minnesota Wednesday night in Minneapolis. Iowa falls to 9-15 overall and 1-12 in the Big Ten.
Minnesota used an 8-0 run early in game one to take a commanding 12-2 lead. The Golden Gophers maintained their advantage until they eventually brought up game point at 29-17. Iowa responded with two Kremer blocks along with a kill and service ace by Smale, but couldn’t overcome the previous deficit as Minnesota took the first game, 30-20.
Four kills from both Kremer and Schipper in game two wasn’t enough, as Minnesota recorded a .302 hitting percentage for a 30-27 win.
The game started close, with ties at three and five before Iowa took a slim 6-5 lead off a Kiley Fister service ace. The Golden Gophers then forced ties at six and seven before taking an 8-7 lead, which they kept until late in the game. The Hawkeyes stayed within three points after Minnesota took a 20-17 lead, and eventually tied the score at 24 off a Golden Gopher error. A Huffman service ace gave Iowa a 26-25 lead, but five Minnesota points in the next six rallies gave the Golden Gophers a 2-0 advantage heading into the locker room.
Iowa stormed out to an early 7-2 lead in game three, powered by four kill Schipper kills in the first nine rallies. The Hawkeyes continued to lead at 14-9 before Minnesota put together a 9-0 surge for an 18-14 lead. Iowa was within one point at 21-20, thanks to a 6-3 run, but couldn’t get any closer as Minnesota closed the match with a 30-25 win.
Iowa returns to action Monday, November 5 at Michigan. The match will be televised live on the Big Ten Network at 6 p.m. central time.
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