Iowa Falls at Michigan State


Oct. 11, 2014


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EAST LANSING, Mich. — Hawkeye volleyball dropped their Saturday evening match, 3-0, at Michigan State (10-7, 3-3). With the loss, Iowa falls to 8-9 on the season and 0-6 in Big Ten play.

“We continue to be too high on errors,” head coach Bond Shymansky said. “I thought Michigan State did a really nice job of transitioning and that was the part that killed us was the continuation rally. They were just locked in on the ball in rally situations.


“It’s been a tough road trip for us. We’re searching for the right lineup and the right group with the right details. It’s been a bear. We have a monster schedule and we have to start playing like monsters to get wins.”

After five battling through five ties early, the Spartans used a four-point run to pull ahead of the Hawkeyes in set one. Michigan State went on to lead by as much as 11 en route to its 25-15 set one win. The Spartans outhit Iowa .484 to .231. Lauren Brobst led the Hawkeyes with four kills and a .400 attack percentage.

The Hawkeyes fell behind, 14-6, after a 7-point Michigan State scoring drive in the second set. Iowa rallied back within five late, but could not complete the comeback, dropping the set to the Spartans, 25-17. Brobst continued to terminate for the Hawkeyes, as she added six kills to reach double figures for the second-straight match of the weekend.

After the Spartans jumped out to a lead early in the third set, Iowa rallied back within two points, 20-18. Three Alex Lovell kills, two Brobst kills and a Julianne Blomberg service ace fueled the drive. Michigan State recovered and recorded the final five consecutive points to secure a 25-18 set win and the 3-0 match victory.

Brobst led the Iowa offense with 13 kills and a .444 attack percentage. Kaylee Smith dished out a team-high 16 assists, while Alyssa Klostermann added nine. Blomberg and Michelle Fugarino paced the team with five digs each.

Iowa resumes Big Ten action at home next week with a Wednesday match against Illinois at 8 p.m. (CT) and a Saturday match against Northwestern at 7 p.m. The Wednesday match will be televised live on the Big Ten Network.

Iowa at Michigan State 1st 2nd 3rd
Iowa (8-9, 0-6) 15 17 18
Michigan State (10-7, 3-3) 25 25 25

Statistical Leaders
Kills: Brobst (IOWA) 13 | Reinig (MSU) 11
Assists: Smith (IOWA) 19 | Minarick (MSU) 39
Digs: Blomberg/Fugarino (IOWA) 5 | Moster (MSU) 13
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