Support the Hawkeyes and Support the Cause

Oct. 19, 2010

The University of Iowa volleyball team hosts Wisconsin Friday night at 6 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Admission is $3 for adults, $2 for adults wearing pink. There is no charge for UI Students with a valid student ID and youth ages 18 and younger.

Fans are encouraged to wear pink Friday night to help raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a pink rally towel. Members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority will be on hand to distribute pink ribbons.

Iowa concludes its weekend home stand Saturday against No. 6 Illinois. First serve is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Admission is $3 for adults. There is no charge for UI Students with a valid student ID and youth ages 18 and younger. Saturday’s promotions include 90’s night and Football Fan Appreciation night. This special event will include 90’s trivia, music, giveaways, and much more! Fans can bring in their ticket stub from the Iowa vs. Wisconsin football game and receive free admission.

Attacking Breast Cancer Night, Friday, Oct. 22
? $2 Admission if you wear pink
? Breast Cancer survivors will be honored during intermission
? Free Pink tigerhawk rally towels for the first 1,500 fans
? Youth 18 and under are admitted free
? Fans can donate to breast cancer research by making checks payable to the UI FOUNDATION. On your check reference HOLDEN CANCER CENTER and send to:

UI Foundation
Levitt Center for University Advancement
One West Park Road
PO Box 4550
Iowa City, IA 52244-4550

90’s Night, Friday, Oct. 23
? Dress to impress by wearing your favorite 90’s outfit
? 90’s trivia, music and much more!
? Iowa Hawkeye Slap bracelets for the first 300 fans
? Football Fan Appreciation – free admission with your Iowa vs. Wisconsin football game ticket

Friday’s contest vs. Wisconsin will be streamed live on Dan Wallace will handle the play-by-play duties and former Hawkeye Christina Meister will offer color commentary. Fans interested in a live audio and video stream should visit and create a personal profile page. The Big Ten Network is committed to providing Big Ten fans with the best and most coverage of the schools and teams they are most passionate about. is a subscription based service.

Fans can follow Hawkeye volleyball on, where play-by-play voice of the Hawkeyes Jordan Loperena will call the action live from the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Friday’s action will be broadcast live with audio via Hawkeye All-Access, a subscription service committed to providing quality coverage of Hawkeye athletic events. Saturday’s contest will be streamed live with both audio and video via Hawkeye All-Access.

Live stats and live blogging will be available for every match throughout the season. A member of the Iowa volleyball staff will offer scoring updates and interactive content from the Official Iowa Volleyball Blog. Former Hawkeye Katie Kennedy operates the blog for Iowa’s home games and manager Melissa Brockway hosts the blog on Hawkeye road trips. Fans can also follow the action with live stats. Visit the Iowa volleyball page at for links to live stats, blogging and Gametracker.

The Hawkeyes have started four freshmen in a single match three times this season, more than any other Big Ten team. Rachael Bedell, Nikki Dailey, Chante’ Thompson and Bethany Yeager have started at Northern Illinois (9/19), vs. Minnesota (10/6) and at Northwestern (10/8). Yeager has not missed a set while starting every match at the libero position. Dailey has eight starts under her belt and OH Rachael Bedell has started a combined 11 matches. Chante’ Thompson made her first career start at Northern Illinois and contributed a career-best six kills against the Huskies.

Three Hawkeyes have started every match this season. Senior MB Becky Walters, junior OH Megan Eskew and freshman libero Bethany Yeager have started each of Iowa’s 15 contests. Walters leads Iowa in kills (154), blocks (61) and service aces (31); Yeager leads Iowa with 290 digs and Eskew leads the team in total attacks (505).

Rachael Bedell totaled 12 kills last weekend vs. Ohio State and Penn State.

Six Hawkeyes have recorded double-doubles this season, but none more than junior Paige Stevens. Iowa’s setter has posted six double-doubles, all of which were of the assist-dig variety. Stevens’ last double-double (36 assists, 11 digs) came in Iowa’s five-set win over Indiana (10/1). Other Hawkeyes to record double-doubles include Megan Eskew (3), Nikki Dailey (3), Mallory Husz (1), Tiffany Nilges (1) and Becky Walters (1).

Senior Becky Walters has 31 service aces in 17 matches. At her current rate, she will finish with 52 service aces, the highest total since Jenny Rees served 55 aces in 1989 and the highest since the inception of rally scoring in 2001. Freshman libero Bethany Yeager is on pace to top the record for digs by an Iowa freshman. Since 1982, only Emily Hiza has led the team in digs as a freshman (472, 2005). Yeager has 290 digs through 17 matches and is pace for 494 saves.

The Hawkeyes rank fourth in the Big Ten in digs per set. Iowa (15.06) is led by freshman libero Bethany Yeager, who picks up 4.53 digs per set, the fourth best total in the conference. Yeager recorded a career-best 33 digs against Creighton (9/4), the second highest single-match total in the Big Ten this season and the sixth-highest total in program history.

Five times this season Iowa has played into the fifth set. The Hawkeyes came out on top in four of the five matches, including Friday’s 3-2 win over Indiana. The Hawkeyes rallied from two sets down to top Southern Illinois (8/28), nearly lost a two-set advantage before topping Creighton (9/4) and rallied from a 2-1 deficit to beat Saint Louis (9/4). The Hawkeyes’ lone five-set loss came at Drake (9/14). Iowa was 2-1 in five-set matches last season.

Iowa ranks No. 26 in national attendance averaging 1,329 fans through seven home contests. Iowa threatened the school record Sept. 10 against Iowa State when 2,787 fans entered Carver-Hawkeye Arena to watch the first event of the 2010 Cy-Hawk Series. The attendance figure was short of the record 3,102 set vs. Penn State in 2009. The Hawkeyes ranked 23rd in national attendance a year ago and have set season attendance records in each of Dingman’s first two seasons.

Hawkeye senior Becky Walters ranks 17th in the country and third in the conference averaging 0.48 aces per game. Iowa’s middle blocker entered the season with 15 career service aces but has more than doubled that total with 31 in 2010. She has recorded at least one service ace in 14 of Iowa’s 17 contests. Since the inception of rally scoring in 2001, the school record for service aces in a season is 36, set by Sara Meyermann in 2001.

The Badgers are led by 12th year head coach Pete Waite, the all-time winningest coach in program history, and freshman Elise Walch. Walch, a 6-5 outside hitter, put down a match-high 14 kills and hit .370 as Wisconsin nabbed its first conference win of the season over Purdue (10/17). Wisconsin leads the all-time series 40-20-1, but Iowa has won three of the last four meetings, including sweeping the season series last year. Iowa has won the last two contests in Iowa City.

The Fighting Illini are led by second year head coach Kevin Hambly and senior Hillary Haen. Haen, the quarterback of the Illinois offense, leads all Big Ten players with 840 assists (12.0 per game). Illinois leads the all-time series, 47-13. The Hawkeyes were swept by the Fighting Illini last season and have not defeated Illinois since winning 3-0 at Illinois in 2005. Iowa’s last win over the Illini in Iowa City was a 3-1 victory in 2002.

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