April 26, 2012
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Spring volleyball is a time for training, conditioning and progress. To date, the Hawkeyes are encouraged by their offseason performance, but with one home date remaining on the spring schedule, it’s imperative the players finish strong and carry today’s momentum into their summer workouts.
“Our progression has been just as one would plan it,” said head coach Sharon Dingman. “Every week we have played at a higher level than the week before and I think that can be attributed to the players’ individual improvements. Heading into our spring training sessions, the players had very specific areas to address. It’s been fun to watch it all come together.”
The Hawkeyes won five of nine sets in Cedar Falls, Iowa, last weekend, including a straight set win over Northwestern and splits with Wisconsin and Northern Iowa. They also beat an Alumni team that featured former Hawkeyes, Cyclones and Panthers.
Freshmen Alex Lovell, Erin Leppek and Emily Yanny led the Hawkeye offense. Lovell recorded a team-best 31 kills, Yanny picked up 28 kills with a .460 hitting percentage, and Leppek recorded 12 kills while hitting .346.
Dingman has applauded the team’s approach to the spring season, and says this weekend will be another chance to showcase the team’s commitment to improvement.
“This weekend is another opportunity to compete, to challenge some players in different roles, and to finish our spring season productively and positively.”
The Hawkeyes host the Fighting Leathernecks at 2 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Admission is free.