IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team, down 0-2, won three-straight sets to defeat Coastal Carolina, 3-2, in its third match of the Hawkeye Classic on Saturday afternoon in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
FIGHT FOR IOWA
Taylor Louis amassed a career-high 19 kills, a .341 attack percentage, and two blocks. This is the fourth match this season Louis has had above a .300 attack percentage and double-digit kills.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1 and 2 (23-25, 16-25) | The Hawkeyes dropped a back-and-forth first set that saw 14 ties and 4 lead changes. In set two, Coastal Carolina jumped out to an early lead en route to a 2-0 match advantage.
Set 3 (25-12) | Trailing 0-2 in the match, the Hawkeyes stormed back in set three. With the set knotted at 8-8, Iowa went on a 17-4 run — with three kills each from Louis and Jess Janota — to secure the set victory.
Set 4 (25-21) | The Hawkeyes were down 19-20 in the fourth set when back-to-back kills by Louis sparked a 6-1 Iowa run to give the home team the set win, knotting the match 2-2. Louis recorded four kills.
Set 5 (15-9) | Iowa jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as it secured the 3-2 match victory. Meghan Buzzerio led the Hawkeyes with three kills.
HEAR FROM COACH SHYMANSKY
“That was a gut-check for us today. I could tell when we came out flat and tried to put it on cruise control, and we were trading points with them in the first set, I knew that wasn’t a good sign. You could feel it on our group. We weren’t communicating well. We weren’t willing to put the sweat equity in yet.”
“Instead of learning the hard way, we learned as we went through the match. When we got to the break between the second and third sets, I told them we have seven minutes to change our mind about what we are going to do out there. It’s not about tactic or strategy, it is pure physical effort, and they really rallied. It wasn’t some great speech that I gave or some great thing from a coaching standpoint. I just put it on them and told them they needed to rally together and they needed to pull together as a group. Nobody else is going to do it for you. They made a really great commitment there to work hard and finish it off.”
- The Hawkeyes are 6-0 all-time against the Chanticleers.
- Iowa had season-highs in kills (65) attack percentage (.282), assists (61), blocks (9), and digs (71).
- Molly Kelly racked up a career-high 14 digs.
- Annika Olsen chipped in 20 digs, marking her fourth match this season with double-digit digs.
- Brie Orr amassed a career-high 55 assists.
- Four Hawkeyes had double-digit kills: Louis (19), Meghan Buzzerio (10), Janota (12), and Reghan Coyle (13).
- Three Hawkeyes had double-digit digs: Molly Kelly (14), Meghanb Buzzerio (12), and Annika Olsen (21).
- Iowa: 5-1
- Coastal Carolina: 2-3
Iowa takes the court again tonight at 7 p.m. against Indiana State in the final match of the Hawkeye Classic.