Hawkeyes Fall to No. 17 Arizona State

Stats | Boxscore

Sept. 7, 2014

Box Score | Final Stats

TEMPE, Ariz. — The University of Iowa volleyball program battled but fell to No. 17 Arizona State (6-0) in straight sets on Sunday afternoon. The Hawkeyes move to 4-2 after the loss and close the weekend with a 2-1 record.

Alex Lovell and Alessandra Dietz were named to the Residence Inn Challenge All-Tournament Team following the match.

“We battled really hard all the way through the match against Arizona State,” head coach Bond Shymansky said. “We need to clean up the little details. The ball bounces in some funny ways and we need to make sure we’re taking care of the ball better. We’re not in this for moral victories, we were disappointed with the loss. We wanted to come here and beat that team but now we have to move on and learn from our mistakes.”

It took six ties and three lead changes to decide the set one winner, but the Sun Devils survived a late Hawkeye run to secure the 25-21 victory and earn an advantage in the match.

Iowa used a five-point drive to jump ahead of Arizona State, 6-1, in the second set. Dietz served up the run and contributed a kill and a service ace to the rally, while Lauren Brobst recorded two solo blocks in the stretch. The Hawkeyes went on to lead by as much as nine, but a late Sun Devil push tied the set at 24. Six ties followed before Arizona State closed it out, 32-30, for a two set lead heading to the break.

After pulling ahead of the Sun Devils, 5-2, early Arizona State used a nine point run to regain control of the third set. The Sun Devils withstood a late push, which brought the Hawkeyes within one 24-23 to record the 25-23 set win and 3-0 sweep.

Jess Janota led the Hawkeye offense with 10 kills and a .273 hitting percentage. Alyssa Klostermann dished out 21 assists, Michelle Fugarino posted 12 digs and Brobst recorded three solo blocks in the contest.

The Hawkeyes continue their road swing at the 2014 SDSU Classic in Brookings, South Dakota, Sept. 12-13. Iowa faces Eastern Illinois and North Dakota on Friday and conclude tournament play with matches against Florida International and host South Dakota State on Saturday.

Iowa at #17 Arizona State 1st 2nd 3rd
Iowa (4-2) 21 30 23
#17 Arizona State (6-0) 25 32 25

Statistical Leaders
Kills: Janota (IOWA) 10 | Bailey (ASU) 11
Assists: Klostermann (IOWA) 21 | Arellano (ASU) 34
Digs: Fugarino (IOWA) 12 | Arellano/Willey (ASU) 8