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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Reghan Coyle amassed nine kills and a .500 hitting percentage as the University of Iowa volleyball team fell 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-9) to 19th-ranked Ohio State on Saturday night in St. John Arena. The Hawkeyes are now 15-5 on the season and 5-3 in Big Ten play.
“We have to go back to the drawing board,” said head coach Bond Shymansky. “It was a good weekend for us, in a way, to go 1-1 on a road trip in the Big Ten, but obviously we have to execute a lot stronger and stay in the moment a little bit longer. We will head back to work to prepare for next weekend.”
In addition to Coyle’s kills, the senior had three assists, two digs and a block. Ashley Mariani, Lauren Brobst and Jess Janota chipped in four kills each, while Loxley Keala led the squad with 14 digs.
During set one, Coyle racked up six kills on seven attacks for a .714 hitting percentage. The Hawkeyes then opened set two with a 4-2 run to take the early lead. The Buckeyes responded with a 4-1 run, but Iowa answered with four unanswered points as Marioni had a kill and Brobst had three blocks in a row to give the visiting team a 9-6 advantage.
After the home team went on a 4-2 run to pull within one point of Iowa, Jess Janota, Meghan Buzzerio and Coyle each had a kill as the Hawkeyes took a 15-11 lead. Ohio State used a 5-0 run to take the lead at 16-15. Iowa used a 4-2 run towards the end of the set, but the rally fell just short as the Buckeyes captured a 25-22 set win.
The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead in set three. The Hawkeyes went on a 5-3 run to cut into the home team’s advantage, but Iowa ultimately fell in the final set of the night.
Iowa returns home on Friday to host No. 3 Minnesota in the first match of a four-match home stint. First serve is set for 6 p.m.