IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team battled hard in front of 3,136 Hawkeye faithful, but Iowa ultimately fell, 3-1, to Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series foe No. 22 Iowa State on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This was the second-largest crowd in program history.
FIGHT FOR IOWA
Freshman Brie Orr had a double-double with 49 assists and 16 digs. She chipped in a kill and three blocks.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Sets 1 and 2 (19-25, 25-23) | After falling in the first set, the Hawkeyes bounced back to take set two. The second set went back and forth, featuring 11 ties and two lead changes before a kill from Reghan Coyle secured the set victory for the Hawkeyes.
Sets 3 and 4 (24-26, 28-30) | The final two sets were tight with a combined 17 ties and three lead changes, but the Cyclones pulled off extra-point wins in both sets to clinch the match. Sheehan had four kills in each set.
HEAR FROM COACH SHYMANSKY
“I like how our group rallied and battled. Credit Iowa State for sticking with it and battling on. Our young group just needs to learn. When we separated we just didn’t keep it that way to keep the focus. That’s on me as a coach. I have to work with our group and keep getting better at that. I love our team, love what we have going on. I think there is a lot of growth that’s happening in there. I’m definitely disappointed. Our group is disappointed. We need to be hungry to work harder. We are going to be in a lot of tight moments like that all season along with other great teams. We just need to take advantage and learn how to finish in those moments.”
“As Hawkeyes, and me as an Iowa alum, that match means a lot to us. We are really disappointed that we lost it. We are pledging to our Hawkeye fans, we had such a great crowd, but we are pledging to those fans that we are going to do it better. We are going to work hard. We are going to win, and we are going to make them proud. I think they are going to be really pleased with the growth of our group this season.”
- Annika Olsen racked up 19 digs. She has double-digit digs in 7 of her last 8 matches played.
- Taylor Louis (16), Jess Janota (10), and Sheehan (13) registered double-digit kills tonight.
- Kelsey O’Neill chipped in nine kills and registered a .500 hitting percentage.
- Three Hawkeyes registered double-digit digs — Orr (13), Ashley Smith (10), and Annika Olsen (19).
- Iowa: 7-2
- No. 22 Iowa State: 6-0
Iowa concludes the Iowa Invitational with a 7 p.m. (CT) matchup against Northern Illinois on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.