Iowa Travels to Ohio State, Northwestern for B1G Matchups


Nov. 17, 2014

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The University of Iowa volleyball team will face No. 20 Ohio State (18-10, 9-7) on Wednesday and Northwestern (15-12, 5-11) on Saturday in its final road trip of the regular season. The Hawkeyes (13-14, 5-11) will play both teams for the second time this year.

Fans can watch the Northwestern match live online through BTN Plus on Audio by Tim Keating is available for both matches on Hawkeye All-Access at Gametracker (live stats) are also available for each contest.

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? Ohio State leads Iowa, 57-9, all-time.
? The Hawkeyes last defeated the Buckeyes on Oct. 26, 2008 in four sets (25-23, 19-25, 25-15, 25-22).
? Iowa played Ohio State on Oct. 3 this season, falling to the Buckeyes in straight sets (25-19, 25-17, 25-22).
? Northwestern leads Iowa, 39-27-1, all-time.
? The Hawkeyes last defeated the Wildcats on Oct. 18, 2014 in five sets (20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 15-12). It was the first win for the program over Northwestern since Oct. 23, 2009, when Iowa swept the Wildcats (25-23, 27-25, 25-21) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.


Freshman Taylin Alm has emerged as an offensive weapon for the Hawkeyes late in the Big Ten season. The 6’5″ right side hitter has recorded double digit kill totals in three of the team’s last five matches. Her hot streak began at Rutgers, when she reached double digits for the first time and earned a career high with 11 kills. She followed it up with a 10-kill performance against Indiana. Most recently, Alm posted 10 kills against No. 4 Wisconsin.

In the five game stretch, Alm owns a .368 attack percentage and a 2.32 kill per set average with 44 total kills.

The Hawkeyes have five victories in Big Ten action with four conference matches remaining in the regular season. That is the most for the program since 2009, when Iowa posted a 5-15 record. Iowa recorded its first win at home against Northwestern on Oct. 18, outlasting the Wildcats in five sets. It was the first win for the program over Northwestern since Oct. 23, 2009, when Iowa swept the Wildcats in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

The Hawkeyes collected four Big Ten wins in a row — the longest conference win streak since 1994 when the team recorded eight consecutive victories and went on to clinch a berth to the NCAA Tournament – with a sweep of Maryland, a four set win over Rutgers, a five set victory against Indiana and a four set win over No. 12 Purdue. The victory against Purdue was the first ranked win for the program since 2012.

Senior Alessandra Dietz is currently first all-time at Iowa with a .277 career attack percentage, 14th all-time with 263 career blocks, and three service aces (77) from entering Iowa’s career top 20 list (80). Fellow senior Alex Lovell is ninth all-time at Iowa with 1,269 career kills.

? Iowa is tied for 12th in the Big Ten standings along with Northwestern. Both teams are 5-11 in conference action.
? Senior Alessandra Dietz is seventh in the conference in service aces per set (0.27) and eighth in hitting percentage (.354).
? Junior Mikaela Gunderson is 13th in blocks per set (1.05).
? Sophomore Alyssa Klostermann ranks eighth in service aces per set (0.27) and 15th in assists per set (5.33).
? Freshman Michelle Fugarino is seventh in the conference and second among freshmen in digs per set (3.90).
? Freshman Taylin Alm ranks 15th in the Big Ten and fifth among freshmen with a .299 hitting percentage.
? Freshman Kaylee Smith is 14th in assists per set (5.80).

In matches lasting more than three sets, the Hawkeyes like their chances of securing a win. Iowa volleyball is 7-1 on the season in matches lasting four or five sets. The squad is undefeated in four-set contests (5-0) this season, with victories over UT-San Antonio, Idaho State, Florida International, Rutgers and Purdue. Iowa is 2-1 in five-set competitions, with wins over Northwestern and Indiana. The lone loss in four or more sets came against Illinois (3-2).

Six Big Ten institutions appear in the most recent release of the American Volleyball Coaches Association Division I Coaches Poll (Nov. 17). No. 2 Wisconsin, No. 4 Penn State and No. 10 Illinois rank in the top 10, while No. 11 Nebraska, No. 16 Purdue and No. 20 Ohio State appear in the top 20.

Eight of Iowa’s 11 Big Ten losses this year have been to a team currently ranked in the top 25. The Hawkeyes have four conference matches remaining in 2014, one against a currently ranked opponent (Ohio State).

Iowa ends its regular season with a home stand in Iowa City. The Hawkeyes take on Maryland on Nov. 26 at 4 p.m., and conclude their season against Michigan State on Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

First-year head coach Bond Shymansky earned his 300th career victory when the Hawkeyes completed their 3-0 sweep at Maryland on Oct. 31, and added to his win total the next night when the team defeated Rutgers, 3-1, on Nov. 1.

Shymansky has earned 13 of his 303 career victories at Iowa, 117 in five seasons at Marquette and 172 in seven seasons at Georgia Tech. He currently owns a 303-123 record and a .711 win percentage in 13 seasons as a head coach.

Bond Shymansky was named the ninth head coach of the Iowa volleyball program on Jan. 31, 2014. The UI alum and Iowa City, Iowa, native owns a career record of 303-121 (.715) amidst his 13th season.

Shymansky came to Iowa following five seasons (2009-13) at the helm of the Marquette volleyball program, where he guided the Golden Eagles to their first NCAA berth, NCAA victory, and first Big East regular season title. Marquette also won a Big East Tournament Championship, and made three-straight postseason appearances (2011-13).

Shymansky added associate head coach Michaela Franklin and assistant coach Jackie Simpson on Feb. 25, 2014 and completed his staff with the addition of director of operations Danielle Carlson.

#GREATTODAY The Hawkeye volleyball program has been focused on one moniker since the arrival of head coach Bond Shymansky and his staff. Whether student-athletes are on the court, training in the weight room or learning in the classroom, the Hawkeyes want to be #GreatToday. A major shift in a program can be challenging, but striving for greatness in each area with exceptional effort has been helpful for the group.