Oct. 30, 2015
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Maryland on Friday night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena. With the loss, the Hawkeyes fall to 10-14 overall and 0-11 in Big Ten play.
“I feel for our kids,” said UI head coach Bond Shymansky. “They’re giving it their best, and they are working so hard. We have to work to get them in the right frame of mind to find a way to compete and win.”
The Hawkeyes got out to a quick start in the first set, using a 6-0 run to take an early 7-2 lead. Freshman Reagan Davey served up the rally. Sophomore Jess Janota added a kill, while junior Lauren Brobst contributed a kill and a solo block. The Hawkeyes maintained control from there, winning the set 25-19.
Maryland grabbed an early lead in the second set and never looked back. The Terrapins used a .263 attack percentage and four team blocks to tie the match, 1-1, with a 25-20, set victory.
Iowa got out to an early 6-2 lead in the third set before the Terrapins used a 7-1 run to take an 11-8 lead. The Hawkeyes fought back with a late 5-1 rally to tie the set, 22-22, and force a Maryland timeout. Junior Loxley Keala, Davey, Janota and Brobst each added kills to the rally. After the break, the Terps used a pair of kills and a block to win the set 25-22.
The Hawkeyes led the fourth set, 10-7, before Maryland used a five-point run to take a 12-10 lead. Iowa rallied late, pulling within one point three times but could not slow Maryland’s momentum. The Terps went on to win the set, 25-23.
Janota led the Iowa offense with 19 kills, while Brobst (11 kills) and junior Ashley Mariani (10 kills) also reach double digits. Keala dished out a team-high 50 assists, and Davey and Brobst each tallied three blocks. Four Hawkeyes reached double digits in digs, including sophomore Annika Olsen (21), freshman Libby Koukol (16), Davey (14), and Keala (13).
“Our group is so well trained,” said Shymansky. “They’re prepared to come in and compete again tomorrow night. It’s heart. Heart is what we need to play with. We’ve got to find a way to dig deeper and compete more.”
The Hawkeyes return to action tomorrow night, hosting Rutgers at 7:30 p.m. (CT). Admission is free.
|Iowa vs. Maryland||1st||2nd||3rd||4th|
|Iowa (10-14, 0-11)||25||20||22||23|
|Maryland (12-13, 2-9)||19||25||25||25|
|Kills: Janota (IOWA) 19 | Elliott (UMD) 16|
|Assists: Keala (IOWA) 50 | Craigo (UMD) 50|
|Digs: Olsen (IOWA) 21 | Wicinski (UMD) 27|
|Blocks: Davey/Brobst (IOWA) 3 | Gaskin/MacGregor (UMD) 4|