Volleyball Set for Final B1G road trip of regular season

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SERVE IT UP
The University of Iowa volleyball team hits the road for the final time in the regular season, facing Indiana on Friday (6 p.m. (CT)) and No. 12 Purdue (7 p.m.) on Saturday.  

FOLLOW ALONG
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 the team’s schedule page with Tim Keating on the call.
A live stream of both matches are available on BTN2Go (subscription required).

34537HAWKEYES COMPLETE SEASON SWEEP OVER SPARTANS

  • Iowa defeated Michigan State, 3-1, on Saturday to complete the season sweep over the Spartans. 
  • Iowa swept the season series for the first time since 1991.
  • Saturday marked Iowa’s first win in East Lansing since Oct. 21, 2000.
  • The Hawkeyes recorded a season-high nine service aces.
  • Junior Meghan Buzzerio notched her third double-double of the season, tallying 12 kills and 10 digs along with a .300 hitting percentage.
  • Freshman Hannah Clayton had her most efficient game of the season, hitting .600 (7-1-10).

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KELLY LEADING THE B1G

  • Senior Molly Kelly ranks among the best liberos in the conference.
  • Overall, Kelly leads the Big Ten with 516 total digs and is second with 5.11 digs per set. 
  • Kelly’s 5.11 digs per set are the highest in program history since the 25-point scoring format was implemented in 2008.
  • Kelly’s 25 digs against Rutgers on Nov. 2 are the third most digs in a three-set match by a Big Ten player this season.
  • Her 29 digs against No. 18 Michigan on Sept. 23 set a new career high.

ORR MOVES INTO 8TH ALL-TIME

  • Sophomore setter Brie Orr moved into eighth in program history after recording 30 assists in a loss against No. 7 Penn State on Nov. 3.
  • Orr now has 2,230 career assists.
  • On Oct. 21, Orr became the ninth player in program history to eclipse 2,000 career assists with her 19th assist in the third set against Wisconsin.
  • She leads Iowa with 1,029 assists through 27 matches.
  • Orr averages 10.19 assists per set, which is seventh in the Big Ten.
  • Orr recorded 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 trails Loxley Keala by 229 assists for seventh all-time.

FOLLOW THE LEADER
Senior Taylor Louis continues to lead the country in active career kills. Louis’ 1,881 career kills leads the NCAA by 104 (Carlisa May, Arkansas State) and is 134 kills ahead of the country’s third leading player (Jaali Winters; Creighton). 
In her career, Louis has 1,859 total kills, with 711 kills coming in a Hawkeye uniform.

JONES’ STEADY PRESENCE IN THE MIDDLE

  • Freshman Amiya Jones has proven to be a staple in the middle of Iowa’s lineup.
  • Jones is the only freshman to start in all 27 matches for the Hawkeyes this season.
  • Jones holds a .288 hitting percentage with 127 kills and 78 total blocks through her first season at Iowa.

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 nine matches.
  • In Iowa’s six five-set matches, the team first to score eight points has won each match.
  • Iowa’s 101 total sets played are the fourth most in the Big Ten this year.

HOYE JOINS ELITE COMPANY

  • Junior Cali Hoye recorded her second 30-kill performance against Northwestern on Oct. 24. The other was in a win over  then-No. 6 Wisconsin on Oct. 6
  • Hoye reached the milestone thanks to a 13-kill second set, where she notched a .500 attack percentage (13-3-20). 
  • Hoye was the first player in the Big Ten this season to record a 30-kill game. 

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 7-5 this season in games that have gone three sets.
  • Iowa has swept Belmont, South Dakota State, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Michigan State, and Rutgers twice.
  • 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 INDIANA

  • Indiana enters the weekend 15-12 and 6-10 in Big Ten play.
  • The Hoosiers are led by Breana Edwards, who has 302 kills and 2.93 kills per set.
  • In conference play, Indiana is 4-3 inside their home gym.
  • Iowa is 34-38 all-time against Indiana
  • The Hawkeye’s are on a seven-match winning streak against Indiana, including a three-match streak in Bloomington.

SCOUTING NO. 12 PURDUE

  • Purdue is 21-6 overall and 10-6 in conference play.
  • Brooke Peters leads Purdue and is third in the Big Ten with 0.37 service aces per set.
  • Purdue defeated Iowa 3-2 in a five-set thriller on Oct. 13 inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • Overall, Iowa is 22-55 against the Boilermakers.

SHYMANSKY MILESTONE WATCH
Head coach Bond Shymansky’s 77 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 seven teams currently ranked in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) week 10 poll – Minnesota (3), Illinois (4), Nebraska (6), Penn State (T7), Wisconsin (T7), Purdue (12), Michigan (19), and Washington (20) 
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. 

FAREWELL SENIORS
The University of Iowa volleyball team will bid farewell to three seniors — Molly Kelly, Taylor Louis, and Reghan Coyle — before the team’s final home match against Ohio State on Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. (CT).

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.  

UP NEXT
The Hawkeyes complete the 2018 regular season with matchups at home against Maryland and Ohio State on Nov. 23 and 24, respectively. Saturday’s matchup will serve as Senior Night.

 

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