Iowa Defeats Ohio State on Senior Night

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball program topped Ohio State, 3-1, on Saturday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This is the first time Iowa has topped Ohio State since Oct. 26, 2008, when the Hawkeyes secured a 3-1 victory over the Buckeyes.
Taylor Louis had her first double-double of the season with 17 kills and 10 digs. The junior chipped in two blocks and a .300 attack percentage. This is Louis’ 22nd match of the season with double-digit kills.
Set 1 (25-18) | Trailing 11-9 after a tightly fought start to the set, the Hawkeyes went on an 8-1 run to take a 17-12 advantage. Back-to-back aces by Claire Sheehan eventually clinched the 25-18 set victory and a 1-0 match lead. Louis paced Iowa with five kills.
Sets 2 and 3 (22-25, 25-22) | Iowa fell, 22-25, in set two before bouncing back in set three. With the score knotted 22-22 after a third set that featured six ties and three lead changes, Iowa scored three consecutive points, including kills from Jess Janota and Louis, to take a 2-1 match advantage. Louis had five kills for Iowa in set three.
Set 4 (25-23) | The Hawkeyes took an early lead and never trailed in set four. Ohio State drew even four times, but a kill from Louis clinched the 25-23 set win and the 3-1 match victory. Louis tallied six kills for Iowa.
“Ohio State did a great job of battling on. I just kept reminding our team that our opponents are going to grit and grind. We are going to have to be ready for long rallies. We did a really good job on overall team balance tonight. Double-digit swings out of almost everybody, even our setter with nine attempts. This is the time of season where we really have to count on our teamwork, especially as we go on the road now for our last four matches. We are at Maryland, then at Ohio State, at Illinois, and at Nebraska, so the task gets taller for us, but we feel like we are one or two wins away now from getting in the NCAA tournament.
“A win on Senior Night was awesome for us. We got every senior in the match, and that’s hard to do sometimes. Taylin Alm did a nice job. Annika Olsen, as our libero, leads us with 20 digs. But we love our seniors. We are just counting on them to continue to lead us as we finish out the last two weeks of the regular season.”

  • Three Hawkeyes — O’Neill (11), Louis (17), and Janota (11) — had double digits in kills.
  • Annika Olsen recorded 20 digs, marking her 26th match with double-digit digs. This is also Olsen’s 10th match with 20-or-more digs.
  • Brie Orr had 43 assists. This is her 21st match with 30-or-more assists and her 13th match with 40-or-more assists.

Iowa travels to Maryland on Friday for a 6 p.m. (CT) matchup with the Terrapins. The Hawkeyes then face Ohio State on Nov. 18 in Columbus, Ohio, at 6 p.m.

  • Iowa: 17-12, 6-10 B1G
  • Ohio State: 14-13, 7-9 B1G