Iowa Starts Final Big Ten Stretch On The Road

Oct. 28, 2008

IOWA CITY – This Week ? The University of Iowa volleyball team wraps up its four-match road trip this weekend, taking on Indiana and No. 1 ranked Penn State. Iowa will face the Hoosiers in Bloomington Friday at 6 p.m. and the defending National Champion Nittany Lions in University Park Saturday at 6 p.m. Times listed are central.

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Scouting Indiana ? The Indiana Hoosiers are 12-10 overall and are currently tied for seventh in the Big Ten with a 4-6 record.

Ashley Benson is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week and leads the team with a .313 attack percentage and 128 total blocks. Erica Short has a team-best 393 kills. Mary Chaudoin has a team-high 498 assists, with Hayley Koetter close behind at 446. Caitlin Cox has 260 digs.

Iowa trails 25-31 in the all-time series.

Last Meeting ? The Hawkeyes picked up their third Big Ten win of the season after knocking off Indiana in a five-set thriller Oct. 11 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

After Iowa claimed the first set, Indiana took the next two frames to come within one set for the victory. The Hawkeyes mounted an exciting comeback, taking the fourth set by three points to force a decisive fifth stanza, and fought back to complete the win.

Senior Catherine Smale and junior Megan Schipper led the Hawkeyes with 17 kills each. Smale added 12 digs to notch her seventh double-double of the season.

Scouting Penn State ? The No. 1 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions are 22-0 overall and 10-0 in Big Ten play. Penn State has swept every opponent this season and has won 66-straight sets. The Nittany Lions are the defending Big Ten and NCAA champion.

Nicole Fawcett leads the team with 252 kills and Megan Hodge has 250. Christa Harmottoa has 165 kills with a team-best .511 attack percentage and 95 total blocks. Alisha Glass is the team’s primary setter with 813 assists. Roberta Holehouse has a team-best 197 digs.

Iowa is winless against Penn State in 36 tries.

Last Meeting ? Penn State defeated Iowa in three sets Oct. 10 in Iowa City.

Senior Catherine Smale had 10 kills, while senior Laura Kremer and sophomore Aimee Huffman had six.

The Hawkeyes played the top-ranked team in the country tough, despite the sweep. Iowa managed to score the second-most points against Penn State this year, netting 58 points throughout the three sets. Hawaii, who is currently ranked No. 8, scored 59 points in the season opener against Penn State.

Iowa is also only the third team nationally and the second Big Ten team to reach the 20-point plateau against Penn State this season. UCLA netted 22 points in the first set and 21 points in the second in a 3-0 loss Aug. 30. Last weekend, Wisconsin tallied 20 points in the first frame and 21 in the third.

Hawkeyes Pick Up Win at Ohio State ? Iowa improved to .500 in the Big Ten (5-5) with a four-set win at Ohio State Saturday.

Senior Catherine Smale led the Hawkeyes with a double-double, recording 13 kills and 14 digs along with four service aces. Senior Kiley Fister also tallied a double-double with 33 assists and 12 digs. Junior Megan Schipper had a solid all-around performance with 10 kills, nine digs, two solo blocks and five block assists. Senior Emily Hiza chipped in a team-best 16 digs and also had three service aces. Senior Laura Kremer had nine total blocks (two solo, seven assists).

Streak Breakers ? Iowa’s win at Ohio State Saturday snapped a few streaks.

The victory snapped an 18-match losing streak on the road in Big Ten play for the Hawkeyes. Iowa’s last road win in conference play was Oct. 28, 2006 at Indiana. Iowa also broke a 39-match losing streak against Ohio State, and the win was Iowa’s first in Columbus since 1988.

No. 20 Michigan Sweeps Iowa ? The Hawkeyes dropped a three-set match at No. 20 Michigan last Friday.

Junior Megan Schipper led the team with 11 kills, while sophomore Aimee Huffman had 10 kills on 20 attempts with only one error (.450 attack percentage). Senior Kiley Fister had a team-high 30 assists and senior Emiy Hiza added 11 digs. Sophomore Katie Kennedy chipped in six total blocks.

We’re Halfway There ? Iowa sits alone in sixth place with a 5-5 record halfway through the Big Ten season. The Hawkeyes have 10 conference matches remaining (five home, five road).

This is the best record a Hawkeye team has recorded through 10 matches of Big Ten play since 2000, when Iowa went 6-4 (Iowa was later awarded a win after Ohio State vacated its matches during the 2000 season).

Dingman Closing in on Milestone ? Head Coach Sharon Dingman enters this weekend just one win 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 13 wins so far in her first season at Iowa.

Hawkeyes Rank High in Attendance ? Iowa currently ranks 33rd 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.

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: 4,090, 4th, (3rd, 4,128)
Service Aces: 92, 12th, (11th, 99)

Catherine Smale
Kills: 1,194, 10th, (9th, 1,207)
Digs: 983, 13th, (12th, 1,076)

Becky Walters
Attack Percentage: .253, 4th, (3rd, .260)

Emily Hiza
Digs: 1,782, 2nd, (1st, 1,931)

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