Hawkeyes To Play Two On The Road

Nov. 11, 2008

IOWA CITY – This Week ? The University of Iowa women’s volleyball team travels to Northwestern and Wisconsin this weekend. The Hawkeyes are scheduled to face Northwestern Friday at 7 p.m. in Evanston and Wisconsin Sunday at 1 p.m. in Madison.

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 will be available for all 13 home matches and for select road matches. Gametracker can be found on hawkeyesports.com for Friday’s match, while live stats for Sunday’s match at Wisconsin will be at uwbadgers.com.

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

Scouting Northwestern ? The Northwestern Wildcats are 8-17 overall and tied for 10th in the Big Ten with a 2-12 record.

Chelsy Hyser leads the team with 254 kills, while Sabel Moffett has a team-best .306 attack percentage and 102 total blocks. Elyse Glab is the team’s primary setter with 900 assists, and Kate Nobilio had 446 digs.

Iowa trails 24-32-1 in the all-time series.

Last Meeting ? Iowa started Big Ten play with a 2-0 record for only the fifth time in school history after defeating Northwestern, 3-1 Sept. 27.

Sophomore Aimee Huffman recorded a career-high 20 kills with an impressive .444 attack percentage and also had seven digs and two block assists. Senior Catherine Smale collected her fifth double-double of the season with 14 kills and 16 digs, with senior Laura Kremer and junior Megan Schipper each finishing with 10 kills. Senior Kiley Fister put up a team-high 49 assists and senior libero Emily Hiza ahd 20 digs.

Scouting Wisconsin ? The Wisconsin Badgers are 16-10 overall and tied for sixth place in the Big Ten with a 6-8 mark.

Brittney Dolgner leads the team with 308 kills, with Audra Jeffers leading the way with a .305 attack percentage and 106 total blocks. Nikki Klingsporn has a team-best 621 assists and Kim Kuzma has 415 digs.

Iowa trails, 18-39-1 in the all-time series.

Last Meeting ? Iowa snapped a 26-match losing streak against Wisconsin, with a dominating, 3-0, upset win over the then-ranked No. 18 Badgers to open Big Ten play Sept. 26. The win was Head Coach Sharon Dingman’s first Big Ten win and marked only the third time this decade that an Iowa volleyball team opened the conference season with a victory.

Senior Catherine Smale led the Hawkeyes with 12 kills, while junior Megan Schipper chipped in six. Senior Laura Kremer and sophomore Aimee Huffman had five kills, while Kremer added eight total blocks. Senior Kiley Fister led the team with 19 assists. Senior libero Emily Hiza had a team-high 11 digs.

Hawkeyes Fall Short in Upset Bid ? Iowa nearly pulled an upset over No. 16 Illinois last Friday, but eventually fell in four sets.

The Hawkeyes opened the match with a win, but couldn’t hold on for the win. Senior Catherine Smale and junior Megan Schipper each had 16 kills in the loss. Schipper added 12 digs to record a double-double.

Close Against the Boilermakers ? The Hawkeyes kept things close against No. 18 Purdue, but were defeated in three sets. Iowa dropped the first two sets by a total of four points before falling, 25-16, in the third and final frame.

Senior Catherine Smale had 10 kills, with senior Laura Kremer and junior Megan Schipper finishing with six. Freshman Joanna Giampoli came off the bench to give Iowa a spark, recording four kills and three total blocks.

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 36th nationally in attendance, averaging 1,022 fans per match. The Hawkeyes have drawn a total of 10,216 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.

Solid in the Classroom ? Seniors Emily Hiza and Kiley Fister have been named ESPN the Magazine Academic all-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Hiza was named to the first team and will now appear on the ballot for Academic all-America consideration. She accries a 3.95 GPA witha double-major in marketing and finance.

Fister was a third team selection and has a 3.65 GPA in interdepartmental studies with a Spanish minor.

Hiza Nearing Record ? Senior libero Emily Hiza needs just 92 more digs to become Iowa’s all-time leader in the statistical category.

Hiza currently has 1,839 digs and needs to average 15.3 digs per match in order to set the record. Former Hawkeye Janet Moylan holds the record at 1,931 digs from 1987-90.

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: 4,211, 3rd, (2nd, 4,737)
Service Aces: 96, 12th, (11th, 99)

Catherine Smale
Kills: 1,242, 9th, (8th, 1,266)
Digs: 1,016, 13th, (12th, 1,076)

Becky Walters
Attack Percentage: .232, 13th, (12th, .239)

Emily Hiza
Digs: 1,839, 2nd, (1st, 1,931)

Laura Kremer
Blocks: 264, 13th, (12th, 268)

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