Nov. 12, 2011
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The University of Iowa volleyball team spoiled a two-set advantage and dropped a 3-2 decision to Indiana Saturday night inside University Gym (21-25, 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 15-9). Three players recorded double-digit kills for Iowa, including freshman Alex Lovell, who put down a team-high 14 kills. Seniors Megan Eskew and Tiffany Nilges finished with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Indiana totaled 64 kills to Iowa’s 46, and finished with a .326 hitting percentage in the final three frames.
“We didn’t play mature volleyball,” said head coach Sharon Dingman. “We played very immature volleyball beginning in the second set. We need to grow up fast and learn how to finish these matches. It’s disappointing.”
Iowa opened the match with a 25-21 victory in set one. The Hawkeyes scored the first three points of the frame, but found themselves trailing 18-15 late in the match. Emily Yanny then slammed a kill to spark a three-point run and, after Indiana snagged a one-point advantage, 19-18, the Hawkeyes ran off four consecutive points to grab a 22-19 lead. A kill from Husz and an Indiana attack error forced set point, 24-20, before a setting error on Indiana’s Whitney Granado ended the frame and gave the Hawkeyes a one-set advantage.
The Hawkeyes came out hot in set two, doubling up the Hoosiers 12-6 following a service ace from Bethany Yeager and a kill from Yanny. Iowa then put together a 7-1 run, getting two kills and a pair of blocks from Husz, to extend their lead to 19-7. After a service error forced set point for Iowa, 24-13, the Hoosiers mounted a late rally to pull within six, 24-18. Indiana was then called for being in the net on an Alex Lovell attack and Iowa escaped with the 25-18 win.
The Hoosiers stayed alive and forced a fourth set with a 25-18 win in set three. Indiana jumped to an early 9-3 lead and never let Iowa closer than three points. Consecutive kills from Lovell and Dailey kept Iowa close, 20-17, but Indiana closed with a 5-1 run to win the frame.
Indiana then forced a decisive fifth set with a 25-20 win in set four. Iowa grabbed a 12-11 lead with a Dailey kill and later led 16-14 following Husz kill, but the Hoosiers closed the set with an 11-4 run to force the rubber game.
The Hoosiers kept rolling in set five, never trailing in the frame and completing the five-set comeback with a 15-9 win.
The BTN will televise the five-set contest tomorrow at 3 p.m. (CT).
Iowa returns to the court Nov. 18 when Wisconsin visits Iowa City for 7 p.m. contest on Mediacom Court inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Ian Martin, the voice of Iowa volleyball, will broadcast the match live on Hawkeye All-Access.
|Iowa at Indiana||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||5th|
|Iowa (11-17, 1-14)||25||25||18||20||9|
|Indiana (8-19, 0-15)||21||18||25||25||15|
|Kills: Alex Lovell (UI) 14 | Marschall (IU) 18|
|Assists: Nikki Dailey (UI) 42 | Grenado (IU) 41|
|Digs: Bethany Yeager (UI) 18 | Cox (IU) 28|