Iowa Blanks American

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The University of Iowa volleyball team swept host American, 3-0, on Saturday morning in its second match of the American Volleyball Classic.
Claire Sheehan had a career day for Iowa with a personal-best 19 kills, a .429 attack percentage, eight digs, and a career-best three blocks. This was Sheehan’s third game this season, and the second in a row, with double-digit kills.
Set 1 (25-21) | With the score tied at 13-13, the Hawkeyes went on a 5-1 run — with three kills from Sheehan — to take the lead and never looked back on the way to a 1-0 match advantage. Sheehan led Iowa with seven kills.
Set 2 (25-17) | The score was again knotted at 13-13 when Iowa finished the set with a 12-3 run — capped by two kills and a solo block from Sheehan — to extend the match lead to 2-0. Sheehan led Iowa with seven kills and three blocks.
Set 3 (25-15) | American scored the first two points, but the Hawkeyes responded with a 7-1 run and did not trail again. A kill from Brie Orr eventually secured a 3-0 match victory. Sheehan recorded five kills for Iowa.
“Great job by our group to get it going early here this morning. We were led by some young players with Brie Orr setting a great game. Claire Sheehan really took over with 19 kills for a career-high, and she hit .429. She’s a six-rotation player for us as a freshman, and that’s a lot of pressure. She’s really learning and growing and responding well. I thought overall it was a nice team effort. We played a really clean game. We didn’t have a lot of hitting errors, which has been important, and we started to reduce our service errors. It was a good start to the day.”

  • Iowa is off to a 10-2 start for the second year in a row.
  • Brie Orr had 42 assists, marking the 11th time this season she has had 30-or-more assists and the sixth time she has had 40-or-more assists.
  • Annika Olsen registered 24 digs. This is her 11th match this season with double-digit digs.
  • Taylor Louis recorded 11 kills, marking the eighth time this season she has had double-digit kills.


  • Iowa: 10-2
  • American: 6-6

Iowa concludes the American Volleyball Classic against Princeton on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. (CT) in Washington, D.C.