Ohio State and Michigan Next Up For Iowa

Nov. 17, 2008

IOWA CITY – This Week ? The University of Iowa volleyball team returns home to host Ohio State and 20th-ranked Michigan this weekend. The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes will square off Friday at 7:30 p.m. Iowa and Michigan are scheduled to meet Saturday at 7 p.m.

Friday’s match against Ohio State will serve as “Senior Night.” Seniors Kiley Fister, Emily Hiza, Laura Kremer and Catherine Smale will be honored after the match.

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.

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

Scouting Ohio State ? The Ohio State Buckeyes are 11-17 overall and 2-14 in Big Ten play.

Katie Dull leads the team with 274 kills, while Kristen Dozier has a team-best .231 attack percentage. Kelli Barhorst has 80 total blocks (15 solo, 65 assists) to lead the team in that statistical category. Chelsea Noble has a team-high 276 digs and Betsy Hone has 624 assists.

Iowa trails, 9-46, in the all-time series.

Last Meeting ? Iowa snapped an 18-match losing streak on the road in Big Ten play with a four set win at Ohio State Oct. 26. The win also broke a 39-match losing skid against the Buckeyes.

Senior Catherine Smale led the Hawkeyes with a double-double, recording 13 kills and 14 digs along with four service aces. Junior Megan Schipper had a solid all-around perormance with 10 kills, nine digs, two solo blocks and five block assists. Senior Emily Hiza chipped in a team-best 15 digs and also had three service aces. Senior Kiley Fister also had a double-double with 33 assists and 12 digs. Senior Laura Kremer had nine total blocks (two solo, seven assists).

Scouting Michigan ? The 20th-ranked Michigan Wolverines are 22-6 overall and 10-6 in Big Ten play.

Juliana Paz leads the squad with 325 kills, while Beth Karpiak has a team-best .355 attack percentage and 83 total blocks. Lexi Zimmerman is the team’s primary setter with 1,133 assists, and Kerry Hance has 282 digs.

Iowa trails, 23-37, in the all-time series.

Last Meeting ? The Hawkeyes dropped a hard-fought, three-set match at then No. 20 ranked Michigan Oct. 24. Iowa fell by two points in both the first and third set.

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

Dingman Reaches Milestone ? Head Coach Sharon Dingman picked up career win No. 350, with Iowa’s five-set victory at Northwestern Nov. 14.

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 14 wins so far in her first season at Iowa.

Smale in Impressive Company ? Senior Catherine Smale is just the seventh player in school history to amass both 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Smale currently has 1,269 kills and 1,029 digs.

Smale joins former Hawkeyes Jenny Rees, Kari Hamel, Jennifer Webb, Toni Zehr, Barb Willis and Ellen Mullarkey as the only players to reach that plateau.

Seeing Double ? Three Hawkeyes have multiple double-double peformances this season.

Senior Catherine Smale has recorded nine double-doubles (kills and digs). Junior Megan Schipper has had eight double-doubles (kills and digs), and senior Kiley Fister has notched six (assists and digs).

Hiza Nearing Record ? Senior libero Emily Hiza needs just 64 more digs to become Iowa’s all-time leader in the statistical category.

Hiza currently has 1,867 digs and needs to average 16 digs per match in order to set the record. Former Hawkeye Janet Moylan holds the record at 1,931 digs from 1987-90.

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.

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: 4,275, 3rd, (2nd, 4,737)
Service Aces: 96, 12th, (11th, 99)

Catherine Smale
Kills: 1,269, 8th, (7th, 1,368)
Digs: 1,029, 13th, (12th, 1,076)

Becky Walters
Attack Percentage: .228, T-15th, (14th, .226)

Emily Hiza
Digs: 1,867, 2nd, (1st, 1,931)

Laura Kremer
Blocks: 274, 11th, (10th, 295)

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