IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team blanked Northern Illinois, 3-0, on Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the final match of the Iowa Invitational.
FIGHT FOR IOWA
Cali Hoye racked up a career-high 13 kills and a personal-best two blocks for the Hawkeyes.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1 (25-19) | Trailing 3-6, the Hawkeyes used four consecutive points to take a lead they would not relinquish. The Huskies mounted a comeback, but back-to-back kills by Taylor Louis and Hoye secured the set victory.
Set 2 (25-15) | Iowa jumped out to an early 10-3 lead and never looked back en route to a set two victory. Hoye led the Hawkeyes with six kills, two digs, and two blocks.
Set 3 (25-17) | The Hawkeyes took another early lead in the third set and never trailed, securing a 3-0 match sweep. Reghan Coyle led Iowa with five kills, while Hoye chipped in four.
HEAR FROM COACH SHYMANSKY
“Good fight by our group tonight. It was tough for them to rebound. We had little bit of a mental hangover from last night’s match. I really love what Cali Hoye gave for us out there as a spark. Statistically, she was really good. I thought the energy and positivity was important. Early, we were a little bit stale and then we started to take flight there. Jess Janota did a really nice job of working hard in the middle for us. Reghan Coyle became offensive like we’re accustomed to seeing her. There were a lot of good things for our group. I like where we are at, but I also we know that we’re at this position and we need to keep climbing. We haven’t had any huge mistakes or slip ups yet this year, but it’s only going to get tougher as we move forward. Now we go on the road for the next two weekends and this is where it’s really going to test our resolve.”
- Iowa is now 9-5 all-time against Northern Illinois.
- Janota hit a game-high .467.
- Ashley Smith amassed a career-high eight digs.
- Brie Orr recorded a personal-best nine digs.
- Orr also had 40 assists, marking the fifth time this season she has had 40 or more assists.
- Iowa: 8-2
- NIU: 0-10
Iowa takes on Howard University at the American Volleyball Classic in Washington, D.C., on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT).