No. 3 Golden Gophers Top Iowa

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team fell, 3-0, to No. 3 Minnesota on Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Kelsey O’Neill tallied eight kills, a career-high .615 attack percentage, and four blocks.
Set 1 (23-25) | With the score tied 22-22 after a back-and-forth set that featured 16 ties and seven lead changes, the third-ranked Golden Gophers took the lead and secured the set victory. Claire Sheehan led Iowa with five kills and a .500 attack percentage.
Set 2 (22-25) | Set two featured more back-and-forth action that eventually saw the score tied 17-17 before Minnesota clinched a set win. O’Neill registered six kills and two blocks for Iowa.
Set 3 (19-25) | Iowa jumped ahead early, but Minnesota responded, tying the match at 13-13. From there, the Golden Gophers seized momentum and finished the 3-0 match win.
“I thought we played really sharp most of the way through the match. We had so many tight moments there at the end, and I really appreciated the bounce back of our woman tonight after last night’s tough loss. We played so much sharper. We were very offensive. I like how we hit. We kind of faltered there in the last, ran out of steam a little bit, but I really think we’ve got something.”
“We’ve worked in this new lineup this weekend, getting into the meat of the Big Ten. We just knew that we didn’t want to stay the same and be medium. Let’s not stay the same and just be halfway and be in the middle of the conference. Let’s find a way to really excel and get toward the top. I really liked what Taylin Alm gave us off the bench as a blocking presence. I definitely liked what Claire Sheehan was doing for us as a passer and hitter. Kelsey O’Neill was great for us in the middle. Jess Janota had a stellar stat line with seven kills on 16 swings with no errors. She was really good tonight. We just didn’t stop their premium hitters. So we have work to do, but I’m really looking forward to taking on Michigan here on Wednesday night.”

  • Tonight’s attendance of 2,165 ranks 13th in single-match attendance. This was the second consecutive match with more than 2,000 Hawkeye fans in attendance.
  • Annika Olsen recorded 15 digs, marking her 15th double-digit dig match of the season.
  • Sheehan had 11 kills. This is the sixth time this season she has had double-digit kills.
  • Taylor Louis amassed 10 kills, marking the 13th time this season she has had double digits in kills.

The Hawkeyes have their first mid-week match of the season, taking on No. 23 Michigan on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (CT) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

  • Iowa: 12-5, 1-3 B1G
  • No. 3 Minnesota: 13-2, 2-2 B1G