SERVE IT UP
The University of Iowa volleyball team hits the road for top-10 matchups at No. 3 Minnesota on Friday at 7 p.m. (CT), and at No. 9 Wisconsin on Sunday at 1 p.m.
- Live stats for each contest can be found on the Iowa volleyball schedule page at hawkeyesports.com/vblive.
- Live audio of both matches are available on KXIC 800 AM with Tim Keating on the call.
- A live stream of both matches against are available on BTN2Go (subscription required).
HAWKEYES RECEIVE VOTES IN NATIONAL POLL
- The Hawkeyes are receiving votes in the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Coaches Poll release on Oct. 15.
- Iowa received two votes after defeating No. 6 Wisconsin on Oct. 6 and Rutgers on Oct. 10.
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- The University of Iowa volleyball team packed Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Oct. 13 with the third largest crowd in program history. 4,058 fans attended Iowa’s match against No. 17 Purdue on Saturday, marking the 14th time under head coach Bond Shymansky that the Hawkeyes have set a top-20 attendance mark.
- Iowa set the 12th best attendance mark earlier this season against Wisconsin with 2,361 fans inside Carver on Oct. 6.
- Iowa has set the overall attendance record in each of the past two seasons.
- Junior Cali Hoye has been Iowa’s deadliest weapon during Big Ten play.
- Hoye recorded a career-high 30 kills against Wisconsin on Oct. 6 to become the first player in the Big Ten this year to reach 30 kills in a match.
- Hoye’s 30 kills are the most from a Hawkeye since Julie Williams in 1997.
- Hoye ranks third with 120 total kills and seventh in the Big Ten with 3.75 kills per set against conference opponents.
- Hoye has helped an Iowa attack that is ninth in the Big Ten in kills per set with 11.72.
DIGGING FOR GOLD
- Senior Molly Kelly ranks among the best Liberos in the conference.
- Overall, Kelly’s 362 digs rank first in the conference.
- Kelly ranks third in the Big Ten with 4.95 digs per set in conference play.
- Her 29 digs against No. 18 Michigan on Sept. 23 set a new career high.
ORR SETTING UP TO BE ONE OF IOWA’S BEST
- Sophomore setter Brie Orr leads Iowa with 746 assists through 19 matches and averages 10.08 assists per set, which is eighth in the Big Ten.
- Orr returns to Iowa as the team’s premier setter after recording 1,201 assists in 2017 – the second most assists in single-season program history since the 25-point scoring format was implemented in 2008.
- Orr ranks ninth all-time in career assists (1,947), trailing Jitka Stehnova (2,159) for eighth all-time.
FOLLOW THE LEADER
- Senior Taylor Louis continues to pace the country in active career kills. Louis’ 1,827 career kills leads the NCAA by 150 (Carlisa May, Arkansas State) and is 168 kills ahead of the country’s third leading player (Jaali Winters; Creighton).
- Louis ranks second in the Big Ten with 293 kills and is fifth with 4.01 kills per set.
- Louis’s 4.01 kills per set is 45th in the country and her 4.51 points per set places her 49th in the NCAA.
- In her career, Louis has 1,827 total kills with 679 kills coming in a Hawkeye uniform in 2017-18
GOING THE DISTANCE
- In 2018, Iowa has played five matches that have lasted five sets, going 3-2 with wins over Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Syracuse and dropping 3-2 losses to Lipscomb and Purdue.
- The Hawkeyes have played in a fifth set in three of their last five games.
- In Iowa’s three five-set wins, the team has been the first to score eight points and surrendered the first eight points in both losses.
- Iowa’s 74 total sets played are the second most in the Big Ten this year.
The Hawkeyes’ 25-23 second-set victory over the third-ranked Huskers on Oct. 3 marked the first time since 1987 that Iowa has taken a set from Nebraska.
IT’S A HAWKEYE BLOCK PARTY
- In conference play, Iowa has stepped up its defensive efforts at the net.
- As a team, the Hawkeyes rank fourth the Big Ten in blocks per set with 2.63 against conference opponents.
- Iowa is second in the Big Ten in solo blocks and total blocks with 24 and 144, respectively.
HAWKEYES TAKE DOWN NO. 6 WISCONSIN
- The Hawkeyes defeated No. 6 Wisconsin in five sets on Oct. 6 for the team’s first win over a ranked opponent this season.
- It is Iowa’s first win over Wisconsin since Nov. 11, 2009.
- Junior Cali Hoye led Iowa with a career-high 30 kills and sophomore Brie Orr tied a career-high with 59 assists.
IT’S STILL A HAWKEYE STATE
- The Hawkeyes broke a 21-year old road drought Sept. 14, defeating Iowa State in four sets (25-20, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20) at the Cyclone Classic in Ames, Iowa.
- It is the first time Iowa has won in Ames since Sept. 13, 1997.
THESE HAWKEYES ARE HANDY WITH BROOMS
- The Hawkeyes are 6-1 this season in games that have gone three sets.
- Iowa has swept Belmont, South Dakota State, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Michigan State, and Rutgers.
- Iowa recorded two sweeps at the Drake Invitational on Sept. 8, defeating South Dakota State and Drake before sweeping Eastern Illinois in its home opener on Sept. 9. The last time Iowa swept three different teams in the span of two days was Sept. 19-20, 2008 (Portland, DePaul, Tulsa).
SCOUTING #3 MINNESOTA
- Minnesota enters Friday’s contest at 14-2 overall and 8-0 in conference play.
- Minnesota leads the Big Ten in overall attack percentage (.303), assists per set (13.85), kills per set (15.12), and digs per set (16.38).
- Nationally, Minnesota is third in the country in kills per set, and fourth in attack percentage.
- Iowa is 12-68 against Minnesota all-time.
- The Hawkeyes last defeated Minnesota on Sept. 22, 1995.
SCOUTING #9 WISCONSIN
- Wisconsin heads into the weekend at 12-4 overall and 5-3 in conference.
- Iowa defeated Wisconsin on Oct. 6 for its first win over the Badgers since 2009.
- Wisconsin ranks second in the conference in attack percentage with .292.
- Iowa is 21-53-1 all-time against Wisconsin
SHYMANSKY MILESTONE WATCH
- Head coach Bond Shymansky’s 75 wins at Iowa is third in program history. He passed former head coach Sharon Dingman earlier this season (66).
- Shymansky passed Rita Buck-Crockett for third on Iowa’s all-time Big Ten wins list with his 26th victory over Northwestern on Sept. 30.
- Shymansky trails Linda Shoenstedt for second in Iowa history with 85 wins and trails Sandy Stewart’s 136 wins for most in program history.
FACING THE BEST
- Iowa faces eight teams currently ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) week 7 poll – Minnesota (3), Nebraska (5), Illinois (7), Wisconsin (7), Penn State (9), Michigan (13), Purdue (17), Washington (18).
- The Hawkeyes’ schedule features 11 teams that reached the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
- The nonconference schedule included three teams that competed at the 2017 NCAA Tournament, including Iowa State, Colorado, and Washington.
- Iowa will play all eight Big Ten NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago. Those teams combined to go 206-64 in 2017.
TRUE MENTAL TOUGHNESS
The Hawkeyes continue their True Mental Toughness mantra in 2018. Bond Shymansky’s squad defines true mental toughness as having a great attitude, treating others really, really well, being unconditionally grateful regardless of your circumstances, and giving your very, very best.
THE PREMIER CONFERENCE
The Big Ten Conference has had an NCAA champion in nine of the last 14 years.
Eight teams – Penn State, Michigan, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Purdue, and Michigan State – appeared in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
BIG TEN NETWORK
Iowa plays on the Big Ten Network one more time in 2018. Northwestern will visit Iowa City on Oct. 24 for the second televised game of the season at 8 p.m. Iowa’s previously televised game was Oct. 3 at Nebraska.
SEASON TICKETS ON SALE
Season tickets and general admission tickets for Iowa’s home matches are on sale at the UI athletics ticket office and online at hawkeyesports.com/tickets. Season tickets for reserved seating is $45 and general admission season tickets are $30.
The Hawkeyes hit the road for Big Ten matchups at No. 3 Minnesota on Oct. 19 and No. 8 Wisconsin on Oct. 21.