Hawkeyes Open Up Four-Match Road Trip

Oct. 21, 2008

IOWA CITY – This Week ? The University of Iowa volleyball team hits the road for a pair of conference matches. The Hawkeyes will take on Michigan in Ann Arbor Friday at 7 p.m. Iowa will then travel to Columbus to take on Ohio State Sunday at 1 p.m.

Iowa’s match against Ohio State was orginally scheduled for Saturday, but was moved to Sunday due to an 8 p.m. kickoff for the Ohio State vs. Penn State football game in Columbus.

Hawkeyes on the Web ? Fans can follow Hawkeye volleyball on hawkeyesports.com, where Gametracker, live audio and video will be available throughout the season.

Live audio coverage will be available for the remainder of the season. Live streaming video can be found on hawkeyesports.com for all 13 home matches. Gametracker for Friday’s match at Michigan can be found on hawkeyesports.com, while live stats for the Ohio State match Sunday can be found at ohiostatebuckeyes.com.

Audio, video and Gametracker links can be found on the volleyball schedule page of hawkeyesports.com.

Scouting Michigan ? The 20th-ranked Michigan Wolverines are 16-4 overall and tied with Iowa for fifth place in the Big Ten with a 4-4 conference mark.

Juliana Paz leads the team with 230 kills, while Beth Karpiak has 206 kills with a team-best .384 attack percentage and 56 toal blocks. Lexi Zimmerman is the team’s primary setter with 784 assists and also leads the team with 193 digs.

The Wolverines and Hawkeyes share one common non-conference opponent in Western Kentucky. Iowa dropped a four-set match to Western Kentucky, while Michigan swept the Lady Toppers.

Iowa trails the all-time series, 26-23. Iowa knocked off then 11th-ranked Michigan in a thrilling, five-set comeback for its only conference win last season. Michigan later swept the Hawkeyes last season in Ann Arbor.

Scouting Ohio State ? The Ohio State Buckeyes are 10-10 overall and sitting in 10th place in the Big Ten with a 1-7 record.

Kristen Dozier leads the team with 205 kills, a .255 attack percentage and 65 total blocks (13 solo, 52 assists). Katie Dull is second on the team with 140 kills. Ashley Hughes has a team-best 378 assists, with Betsy Hone close behind at 347 assists. Kalia Calhoun leads the team with 189 digs.

Iowa and Ohio State share one common non-conference opponent in Xavier. Ohio State lost to Xavier in four sets, while the Hawkeyes defeated the Musketeers in four.

Iowa trails in the all-time series, 46-8. Ohio State won both meetings last season.

Hawkeyes Knock Off Michigan State ? Iowa defeated Michigan State in four sets (25-17, 25-19, 16-25, 25-18), Saturday night to improve to 12-8 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten.

Sophomore Aimee Huffman tallied a team-best 14 kills with an impressive .429 attack percentage on 28 swings. Senior Catherine Smale was one dig shy of a double-double, with 13 kills and nine digs. Junior Megan Schipper did notch a double-double, putting up 11 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Katie Kennedy also added a career-high eight block assists.

Iowa Falls at No. 12 Minnesota ? The Hawkeyes dropped a mid-week contest at No. 12 Minnesota last Wednesday, 25-11, 25-17, 25-23.

Junior Megan Schipper had 10 kills and senior Catherine Smale had nine. Senior Kiley Fister led the team with 16 assists, with sophomore Mara Hilgenberg adding 13. Senior Emily Hiza led the squad with 16 digs.

Success in the Big Ten ? Iowa has four conference victories this season, which is tied for the most Big Ten wins for a Hawkeye team since 2000. That year, the Hawkeyes won 11 conference matches. The 2005 Hawkeyes also won four Big Ten contests.

Fister Reaches Impressive Mark ? Senior Kiley Fister eclipsed the 4,000 career assist mark Saturday night against Michigan State. The St. Charles, IL, native recorded a team-high 36 assists to put her career mark at 4,027. She ranks fourth in career assists at Iowa and needs 101 more assists to move into third place.

Hawkeyes Rank High in Attendance ? Iowa currently ranks 35th nationally in attendance, averaging 1,078 fans per match. The Hawkeyes have drawn a total of 8,629 fans for their seven home matches.

In addition, three of the top five crowds in school history have been set this season. Iowa drew 1,746 fans against Michigan State Oct. 18, which is the second-largest in school history. The Hawkeyes drew 1,701 against Penn State Oct. 10, which ranks third in the record books. Carver-Hawkeye Arena also saw a crowd of 1,598 against Indiana Oct. 11, which is the fifth-largest crowd in school history.

Staying Tough at Home ? Iowa is starting to build a home court advantage at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes are currently 7-1 in Iowa City. That is the best home record since 1993, when Iowa also started 7-1 at home.

Dingman Closing in on Milestone ? Head Coach Sharon Dingman enters this week just two wins away from career win No. 350.

Dingman tallied 22 wins in one year at Auburn, 167 wins in eight years at Butler, 147 wins in eight years at Illinois State and 12 wins so far in her first season at Iowa.

Tough Schedule in `08 ? Six Iowa opponents are ranked in the latest AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 poll. Iowa will also square off against 10 teams that qualified for the 2007 NCAA Tournament.

Opponents ranked include Penn State (No. 1), Minnesota (No. 11), Purdue (No. 18), Illinois (No. 19), Michigan (No. 20) and Wisconsin (No. 21).

The 10 teams who played in the NCAA Tournament last year are Western Kentucky, Alabama, Iowa State, Xavier, Minnesota, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, who also won the 2007 Big Ten and NCAA championships.

Climbing the Records Ladder ? Below is a list of where current Hawkeyes rank in different career school records. The number in parenthsees is the next place.

Kiley Fister
Assists: 4,027, 4th, (3rd, 4,128)
Service Aces: 92, 12th, (11th, 99)

Catherine Smale
Kills: 1,180, 10th, (9th, 1,207)
Digs: 966, 14th, (13th, 976)

Becky Walters
Attack Percentage: .252, 4th, (3rd, .260)

Emily Hiza
Digs: 1,755, 2nd, (1st, 1,931)

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