Buckeyes Spoil Senior Night


Nov. 21, 2008

Box Score

IOWA CITY – The University of Iowa volleyball team was swept by Ohio State, 20-25, 18-25, 22-25, on “Senior Night” inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena Friday. The Hawkeyes fall to 14-15 overall and 6-11 in Big Ten play. Ohio State improves its record to 12-17 overall and 3-14 in the conference.

Sophomore Katie Kennedy led the team with eight kills and five block assists. Sophomore Aimee Huffman had seven kills, while senior Catherine Smale led the squad with 13 digs. Senior Kiley Fister added 28 assists and senior libero Emily Hiza chipped in 10 digs.

Iowa dropped the first set, 20-25, despite four kills from Kennedy.

The Hawkeyes took an early 1-0 lead, but the Buckeyes led for the remainder of the set after a 2-1 score. Iowa fought back within two points late in the set at 21-19, but a 4-1 Buckeye run closed the frame.

Ohio State took a 2-0 match lead into the locker room after a 25-18 win in the second set. Senior Laura Kremer led the Hawkeye attack with three kills in the stanza.

Iowa forced five ties in the set, but could never take the lead. The Hawkeyes used a 4-1 run in the middle of the set to tie the score at 13, but a 3-0 Ohio State run made the count 16-13. Later in the set, Ohio State used a 6-1 run for the win.

Iowa battled hard in the third frame, but couldn’t come away with a win, dropping a 22-25 set. Huffman collected four of her six kills in the set, while Kennedy added four of her five block assists.

The Hawkeyes took an early 9-5 lead, which forced an Ohio State timeout. The Buckeyes crawled back into the set, knotting the score at 12. The set then saw ties at 13, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 before Ohio State took a 21-19 lead, and the Hawkeyes took their first timeout of the set. Kremer recorded a kill to bring Iowa within one at 21-20, but a Katie Dull kill gave Ohio State a two-point cushion. Ohio State then committed back-to-back attack errors, which tied the score at 22. The Buckeyes responded with three-straight points to win the set and match.

The Hawkeyes return to action Saturday night against No. 20 Michigan. First serve is set for 7 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.