Hawkeyes Fall to Bulldogs, 3-0

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team fell to Butler, 3-0, Saturday morning in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The Hawkeyes fall to 5-1 on the season and 2-1 in Hawkeye Classic action with the loss.
“We just came out flat this morning,” said UI head coach Bond Shymansky. “We played so well against Arizona State last night and you could just tell we didn’t have the intensity required to win, and Butler really wanted to win. It’s a tough learning lesson for our team, but we have plenty of things that we can improve on to get ready for tonight’s match against Oakland.”
Butler utilized a .331 attack percentage and a nine team blocks to hand the Hawkeyes their first loss of the season.
After trading points early in set one, the Bulldogs used a five-point run to take a 23-20 lead. The Hawkeyes responded; however, using a three-point swing to knot the set, 23-23. A pair of Butler errors and a Brobst kill aided the rally. After trading the next four points, Butler used back-to-back kills from Anna Logan to win the set, 27-25.
The Bulldogs got out to an early lead in set two and never lost it. Iowa put together a 5-0 run to pull within two, 16-14, behind kills from sophomore Reghan Coyle (2), redshirt freshman Meghan Buzzerio (1), and senior Ashley Mariani (1). Butler held off the Iowa attack; however, as the Bulldogs held on to win the set, 25-20.
The Hawkeyes trailed by as many as seven in set three, but came back late to pull within two on a 6-2 run. Senior Alyssa Klostermann served the rally and added an ace, while Buzzerio (2), Coyle (1) and junior Jess Janota (1) each added kills. Butler maintained its lead; however, using four blocks in the final game to defeat the Hawkeyes, 25-22, and win the match, 3-0.
Three Hawkeyes reached double digits in kills, including Buzzerio (14), Brobst (11) and Janota (10). Senior setter Loxley Keala dished out 40 assists, and junior libero Annika Olsen registered a team-high 15 digs.
Iowa returns to the court tonight with a 7 p.m. (CT) contest against Oakland. Admission is free to all fans.