SERVE IT UP
The University of Iowa volleyball team travels to College Park, Maryland, for a game against the Terrapins on Sunday at 1 p.m. (CT).
- Live stats for each contest can be found on the Iowa volleyball schedule page at hawkeyesports.com/vblive.
- A live stream of Sunday’s match is available on BTN2Go (subscription required).
HOYE AT IT AGAIN
- Junior Cali Hoye recorded her second 30-kill performance against Northwestern on Oct. 24.
- Hoye reached the milestone thanks to a 13-kill second set, where she notched a .500 attack percentage (13-3-20).
- Hoye is the only player in the Big Ten this season to record a 30-kill game and that mark is the 17th highest kill mark in the NCAA this season.
- Hoye is one of five athletes in the country to record multiple 30+ kill performances.
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ORR BREAKS 2,000 ASSISTS
- Sophomore setter Brie Orr became the ninth player in program history to eclipse 2,000 assists with her 19th assist in the third set on Oct. 21 against No. 9 Wisconsin.
- Overall, Orr’s 2,064 assists are ninth in program history and her 807 assists are fourth in the Big Ten this season.
- Senior Molly Kelly ranks among the best Liberos in the conference.
- Overall, Kelly’s 424 digs rank first in the conference.
- Kelly ranks second in the Big Ten with 4.99 digs per set.
- Kelly’s 4.99 digs per set are the highest in program history since the 25-point scoring format was implemented in 2008.
- Her 29 digs against No. 18 Michigan on Sept. 23 set a new career high.
ORR SETTING UP TO BE THE BEST
- Sophomore Brie Orr leads Iowa with 863 assists through 22 matches and averages 10.15 assists per set, which is seventh 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 (2,064), 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’ 1,854 career kills leads the NCAA by 153 (Carlisa May, Arkansas State) and is 165 kills ahead of the country’s third leading player (Jaali Winters; Creighton).
- Louis is third in the Big Ten with 320 kills and is seventh with 3.81 kills per set.
- In her career, Louis has 1,854 total kills with 706 kills coming in a Hawkeye uniform.
GOING THE DISTANCE
- In 2018, Iowa has played six matches that have lasted five sets, going 3-3 with wins over Northwestern, Wisconsin, and Syracuse and dropping 3-2 losses to Lipscomb, Purdue and Northwestern
- The Hawkeyes have played in a fifth set in four of their last eight 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 all three losses.
- Iowa’s 84 total sets played are the 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.
BLOCKING OUT THE HATERS
- In conference play, Iowa has stepped up its defensive efforts at the net.
- As a team, the Hawkeyes rank seventh in the Big Ten in blocks per set with 2.28 against conference opponents.
- Iowa is tied for third in the Big Ten in solo blocks and in total blocks with 25 and 146, respectively.
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.
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.
THESE HAWKEYES ARE HANDY WITH BROOMS
- The Hawkeyes are 6-3 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).
- Maryland enters the weekend with a 13-10 record and 4-7 record in conference play.
- Maryland ranks fourth in the Big Ten with 14.93 digs per set.
- Erika Pritchard is tied for first in the Big Ten with 4.21 kills per set.
- Iowa leads the all-time series 4-3 since both teams first met in 2014.
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 9 poll – Minnesota (3), Penn State (4), Illinois (6), Wisconsin (7), Nebraska (9), Michigan (12), Purdue (17), Washington (21).
- 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 will play on the Big Ten Network for a third time this season. Iowa’s match against Nebraska on Nov. 7 will now air live on the Big Ten Network. Iowa.
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 host back-to-back matches against Rutgers and Penn State on Nov. 2-3. Both matches are slated for a 7 p.m. (CT) first serve. A live stream of both matches are available on BTN2Go.