Nov. 17, 2015
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The University of Iowa volleyball team begins its final home stand of the season, hosting No. 16 Ohio State on Wednesday, Nov. 18. First serve is set for 7 p.m. (CT) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Wednesday’s contest will be streamed live online via BTN Plus. To see if your cable package gives you access to BTN Plus content, sign up for BTN Plus or learn more about it, visit btn2go.com.
Live audio is available on Hawkeye All-Access at hawkeyesports.com. Second-year play-by-play announcer Tim Keating will call the action. Live stats are also available on the volleyball schedule page on hawkeyesports.com.
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Wednesday night is Student Night. All UI students will have the chance to win one of six prize packs throughout the night. Wednesday is also Dollar Dog Night and Dance Marathon Night.
The University of Iowa volleyball team will host its annual Alumni Day on Saturday, Nov. 21, when the Hawkeyes host Northwestern at 7 p.m. (CT).
Former players who RSVP will receive free admission to the match as well as a link to purchase tickets for the Iowa football game against Purdue on Nov. 21 (Kickoff TBA). To receive more information and to RSVP, contact Bre Payton at email@example.com.
ALL-TIME SERIES- OHIO STATE
• Ohio State leads Iowa, 58-9, all-time.
• Iowa and Ohio State first played each other on Oct. 28, 1977.
• The Hawkeyes last defeated the Buckeyes on Oct. 26, 2008, in four sets (25-23, 19-25,25-15, 25-22).
• The Buckeyes defeated the Hawkeyes in four sets in Columbus, Ohio, on Oct. 2 (22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 11-25).
STRENGTH OF SCHEDULE
According to the NCAA, the Hawkeyes have the fourth-strongest strength of schedule in Division I Volleyball — the second highest ranking among Big Ten opponents. Northwestern (2nd), Minnesota (6th), Wisconsin (8th), and Ohio State (10th) also made the top 10.
A POWERHOUSE CONFERENCE
Eight Big Ten teams are included in the AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll, released on Nov. 16. No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Penn State, No. 6 Nebraska, and No. 10 Wisconsin appear in the top 10, while No. 15 Purdue, No. 16 Ohio State, and No. 18 Illinois also made the list. Michigan (39) is receiving votes in the poll.
Eleven of Iowa’s 2015 opponents appear in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Top 25 Poll, released on Nov. 16. No. 3 Minnesota, No. 4 Penn State, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 8 Hawaii, No. 10 Wisconsin, No. 11 UCLA, No. 15 Purdue, No. 16. Ohio State, No. 18 Illinois, and No. 25 Texas A&M are ranked in the top 25, while Michigan (39) is receiving votes.
KEALA MAKES HISTORY
Loxley Keala recorded her 1,000th assist against Purdue on Nov. 7. The junior’s 1,105 assists rank eighth on Iowa’s all-time career assists list. Janet Moylan (1987-90) holds the school record with 5,471 career assists. Keala has started every match and every set as Iowa’s setter this season. The Kaneohe, Hawaii, native has registered 50 or more assists seven times this season, including a career-high 64 against Michigan on Oct. 7.
STUDENT-ATHLETE OF THE MONTH
Sophomore Annika Olsen along with Desmond King (football) and Madison Waymire (cross country) were named October student-athletes of the month last week. The award honors University of Iowa student-athletes who display excellence in athletics, academics, and community service, as voted on by their peers. Olsen led the team with a 5.23 digs per set average during the month of October. The Johns Creek, Georgia, native currently leads the Big Ten with a 4.74 digs per set average. She reached double digits in digs in all 10 October matches, including a career-high 26 in Iowa’s win over Rutgers on Oct. 31.
• Junior Loxley Keala is now eighth on Iowa’s all-time career assists list. The junior transfer has 1,105 assists in her career (at Iowa).
• Keala registered her team-leading fourth double-double of the season against Purdue on Nov. 7. The junior registered 55 assists and 12 digs in the contest. Keala has also recorded double-doubles against Maryland (50 assists, 13 digs), Hawaii (26 assists, 13 digs), and American (46 assists, 13 digs).
• Senior Mikaela Gunderson leads the team with a .337 attack percentage this season.
• Junior Alyssa Klostermann has 994 career assists — six assists away from 1,000.
• Reghan Coyle registered career highs in kills (7) and digs (8) against Penn State on Nov. 11. The freshman has started the last four matches for the Hawkeyes.
IN THE BIG TEN – TEAM RANKINGS
• Iowa has registered 121 aces on the season, the third highest total in the Big Ten.
• The Hawkeyes rank fourth in the Big Ten with a 1.20 aces per set average.
• Iowa ranks fourth in the Big Ten conference in team assists with 1,265.
• The Hawkeyes have tallied 1,330 kills this season, the sixth most in the Big Ten.
• Iowa ranks sixth in the Big Ten with 1,456 team digs.
IN THE BIG TEN – INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
• Sophomore Annika Olsen leads the Big Ten in total digs (479) and digs per set average (4.74).
• Junior Loxley Keala leads the conference in total assists (1,105).
• Keala has the fifth-best assist per set average in the Big Ten (10.94).
• Senior Mikaela Gunderson owns the eighth-highest hitting percentage in the conference (.337).
• Junior Loxley Keala‘s 10.94 assists per set average ranks 37th nationally.
• Keala is ranked 47th nationally in total assists (1,105).
• Sophomore Annika Olsen ranks 58th in digs per set average (4.74).
FRESHMEN MAKE AN IMPACT
• Freshman Molly Kelly is currently ranked fifth among league freshmen in service aces per set average (0.22). Kelly has 22 service aces this season. She has registered three aces in a single match three times (Pacific, NIU, Wisconsin).
• Freshman Reagan Davey is fourth among conference freshmen in kills per set average (2.43).
• Davey (2.17) and freshman Libby Koukol (2.12) rank sixth and 10th, respectively, among Big Ten freshmen in digs per set average.
The Hawkeyes recorded back-to-back Big Ten wins against Rutgers (Oct. 31) and Indiana (Nov. 4). Iowa recorded its first Big Ten win of the season, defeating Rutgers in straight sets (25-20, 25-19, 25-20) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes extended the streak with a 3-0 sweep at Indiana (25-19, 25-21, 25-20). The victory marked the first true road win for the Hawkeyes this season.
The Hawkeyes won eight straight matches from Sept. 6-19 — the longest streak for the program since 2006. Iowa defeated American, 3-1, at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic on Sept. 6. The following weekend (Sept. 11-12), the Hawkeyes went 3-0 at the Comfort Suites Challenge with wins over Milwaukee (3-0), Iowa State (3-1), and No. 25 Texas A&M (3-1). Iowa continued its streak on Sept. 18-19, sweeping the Holiday Inn Hawkeye Challenge tournament field with wins over Gardner-Webb (3-0), Coastal Carolina (3-0, 3-0) and Drake (3-0).
HAWKEYES DOWN CYCLONES IN HISTORIC FASHION
In front of the fifth-largest crowd in program history (2,488), the University of Iowa volleyball team trumped the Cyclones, 3-1, for the first time since Sept. 13, 1997. The Hawkeyes used a .379 attack percentage and a season-high 66 kills to defeat Iowa State in four sets. Sophomore Jess Janota paced the Hawkeye offense with a career-high 20 kills, while freshman Libby Koukol led the team with a career-high 18 digs.
DOWN GOES NO. 25
Iowa’s 3-1 victory over No. 25 Texas A&M on Sept. 12 marked the first ranked win for the Hawkeyes since defeating No. 12 Purdue, 3-1, on Nov. 8, 2014. Junior Loxley Keala led the Hawkeye offense with a career-high 57 assists, while junior Lauren Brobst paced the team in kills (17). Freshman Reagan Davey and senior Mikaela Gunderson each contributed four blocks.
B1G SETTER OF THE WEEK
University of Iowa junior Loxley Keala was named Big Ten Conference Setter of the Week for her performance at the Comfort Suites Challenge on Sept. 11-12. It is the first conference honor of Keala’s career. The Kaneohe, Hawaii, native is the first Hawkeye to earn a Big Ten weekly award since Bethany Yeager was named defensive player of the week on Sept. 2, 2013. Keala is the first Hawkeye in program history to win a weekly setter award.
Keala posted 40-plus assists in all three matches that weekend, including a career-high 57 against No. 25 Texas A&M. She led the offense to back-to-back matches with a .300 or better attack percentage, including a season-high .379 against Iowa State and .303 versus Texas A&M. Keala tallied 154 assists and averaged 14 assists per set on the weekend.
Iowa has set two top-10 attendance marks this season. The Hawkeyes downed the Cyclones in front of the fifth-largest crowd in program history (2,488) on Sept. 11, before hosting the nationally ranked Huskers on Sept. 23 in front of 2,447 fans — the sixth-largest crowd in program history.
The Hawkeyes return to Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday, Nov. 21, hosting Northwestern on Senior Day.