SEATTLE, Wash. — The University of Iowa volleyball team fell to No. 21 Colorado to conclude the 2018 Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge inside Alaska Airlines Arena on Saturday night.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (19-25) Iowa opened the match with two strong kills by senior Taylor Louis before the Buffaloes evened the score at three. Iowa surrendered a three point run to make the score 3-6 and the Hawkeyes couldn’t recover. A flurry of kills by senior Reghan Coyle and Louis brought the score within three (19-22). That was as close as Iowa got as Colorado took the first set.
SET 2 (21-25) The Hawkeyes spotted Colorado two points before scoring in the second set. Sophomore Brie Orr’s ace gave Iowa a 5-3 lead before the score evened up at five. The Hawkeyes and Buffaloes went back-and-forth until a four point run by Colorado made the score 14-18. A run by Iowa and freshman Hannah Clayton’s kill and block pulled Iowa within two, but it wasn’t enough and Colorado took set two.
SET 3 (25-23) Iowa fell in the third set 12-17 before kills by Coyle and junior Cali Hoye started an Iowa run that tied the score at 22. Coyle’s kill gave Iowa the lead at 23-22 and a Louis kill sealed the set for the Hawkeyes. She had a team-high five kills during the set.
SET 4 (13-25) Iowa opened the fourth set with a hard kills by Louis, but Colorado pushed through to take a 15-7 lead and never looked back. The Hawkeyes only mustered six more points during the set.
Senior Taylor Louis was named to the All-Tournament team. She combined for 37 kills in the tournament.
The Hawkeyes head to the Drake Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa for matchups against South Dakota State and Drake.