Hawkeyes Drop Heartbreaker At Indiana


Oct. 31, 2008

Box Score

BLOOMINGTON, IN – The University of Iowa volleyball team fell in five sets at Indiana Friday night, 25-21, 25-20, 11-25, 19-25, 14-16. The Hawkeyes fall to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in the Big Ten, while the Hoosiers improve their mark to 13-10 overall and 5-6 in Big Ten action.

Iowa stormed out to a 2-0 lead in the match, but couldn’t hold on for the win. Senior Catherine Smale had a double-double with 16 kills and 13 digs to lead Iowa. Junior Megan Schipper also had a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs. Senior Laura Kremer chipped in 11 kills with a team-best 10 total blocks (one solo, nine assists). Sophomore Katie Kennedy added nine kills and six total blocks, with senior Kiley Fister leading the way with 52 assists. Senior Emily Hiza had a team-high 17 digs. Iowa out-blocked Indiana, 16-8 in the loss.

The Hawkeyes started the match with a 25-21 in the first set. Schipper led Iowa with five kills on 10 swings with no errors (.500 attack percentage). Iowa committed only two attack errors in the set and limited Indiana to a .106 attack percentage.

Iowa opened the first frame with a 4-0 run, but a 7-3 Hoosier surge knotted the score at seven. Iowa once again took a four-point lead at 11-7 and Indiana countered with its own 4-0 run to tie the score at 11. Both teams collected two points for a tie at 13, but another 4-0 Hawkeye run gave them a 17-13 lead. The Hoosiers scored four more consecutive points for a tie at 17. The set saw three more ties at 19, 20 and 21 before a Smale kill and Kennedy block forced a Hoosier timeout at 23-21. Two-straight Indiana errors ended the set to put Iowa up 1-0 in the match.

The Hawkeyes took the second set, 25-20. As a team, Iowa collected 19 kills with just four errors to hit at a .441 clip. Huffman had five kills in seven attempts to hit .714. Smale had four kills with no errors and hit .667 in the frame.

Indiana took an early 5-1 lead in the second stanza, but the Hawkeyes fought back within one at 5-4. Indiana then opened up a four-point lead at 8-4. Iowa kept things close and eventually used an 8-2 run to take its first lead of the set at 19-17. The Hawkeyes closed with a 3-0 run, using kills from Schipper and Fister along with a double block from Kremer and Fister to take a 2-0 match lead.

The Hoosiers hit .379 in the third set en route to a 25-11 win.

The teams traded points to start the third set, with ties at one, two, three and five before a 15-1 Hoosier run gave the home team a 20-7 lead. Indiana managed five points in the final nine rallies for its first win of the match.

Indiana forced a fifth set with a 25-19 win in the fourth frame. Smale had five kills and Huffman added three. Indiana recorded the first kill of the stanza, but a Kennedy kill followed by three-straight Hawkeye blocks gave Iowa a 4-1 lead. The Hoosiers tallied one point to make the score 4-2, but a 3-0 Iowa run made the score 7-2. The Hawkeyes kept their lead, but with the score at 10-5, Indiana used a 4-0 run to come within one point at 10-9. Indiana knotted the score at 11 and 12 before taking a 13-12 lead. The Hawkeyes then forced ties at 13, 14 and 15. Kremer recorded a kill for a 16-15 Iowa lead, but Indiana regained the advantage at 16-15. The score knotted three more times before a 6-0 Hoosier run brought up set point at 24-18. Smale tallied a kill for a 24-19 score, but Indiana got a kill to send the match to a decisive fifth set.

Indiana took the first point of the fifth set, but a Kremer kill tied the score at one. Kremer recorded another kill after a Hoosier point to knot the score at two. Smale gave Iowa a 3-2 lead with a kill, but the Hoosiers forced a tie at three. Iowa responded with a kill from Smale, followed by back-to-back blocks from Kennedy for a 6-3 lead. Iowa gained a 7-4 advantage off another kill from Kennedy, but Indiana came within one at 7-6. Kennedy recorded yet another kill for an 8-6 score, and the teams swapped sides. Smale collected a kill for a 9-6 score and an Indiana error two rallies later gave the Hawkeyes a 10-7 lead. Indiana committed another error for an 11-8 score and a Fister service ace brought the count to 12-8. Indiana managed a point at 12-9, followed by a Schipper kill, forcing a Hoosier timeout at 13-9. Two-straight Hoosier points forced Iowa to take its first timeout of the set at 13-11. Kremer notched a kill for match point at 14-11, and Indiana responded with three-straight points to knot the score at 14. Two Iowa errors after a Hawkeye timeout gave the fifth set and match to the Hoosiers.

The Hawkeyes conclude the weekend Saturday, when they face No. 1 ranked Penn State in University Park. Match time is set for 6 p.m. (CT).