IOWA CITY, Iowa — The 2019 Iowa volleyball season is right around the corner and with 15 home matches on Iowa’s schedule, there are plenty of reason to show up to Carver-Hawkeye Arena and cheer on the Hawkeyes. Here are eight of the biggest reasons.
- Head Coach Vicki Brown
UI head coach Vicki Brown enters her first season as head coach of the Hawkeyes. Brown, a two-time All-Big Ten honoree at Illinois, is in her third season at Iowa overall. She was announced associate head coach in April 2017 and was tasked with Iowa’s recruiting efforts and defensive strategy. Under Brown, the Hawkeyes have secured 15 or more wins in three straight seasons – the second longest streak in program history.
Prior to Iowa, Brown was the head coach of the indoor and beach volleyball teams at University of San Francisco, spent two seasons at Illinois State, and worked as a volunteer assistant at Toledo.
As a player, Brown played professionally in Austria, Puerto Rico, and Spain.
- Farewell Carver-Hawkeye Arena
After over two decades inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeyes are bidding farewell to their longtime home in 2019. Enjoy Iowa’s final season inside Carver with highlights from seasons past and the return of notable alumni. Starting in 2020, the Hawkeyes will play all home games at Xtream Arena located in Coralville, Iowa.
- The Future is Bright
The Hawkeyes are welcoming the 24th-ranked recruiting class in 2019. Joslyn Boyer, Emma Lowes, Kyndra Hansen, Blythe Rients, Emma Grunkemeyer, Grace Tubbs, Edina Schmidt, and Jaedynn Evans join the Hawkeyes this season. The group features multiple All-State honorees, regional champions, district champions, and a 2018 AAU National runner-up.
- 3 Consecutive 15-Plus Win Seasons
The Hawkeyes are on a resurgence not seen in 29 years. Iowa’s three-straight 15 or more win seasons are the most since 1986-90 when the Hawkeyes eclipsed the 15-win mark five straight seasons.
In each of the past three seasons, Iowa has upset a top-25 team at home: 2016 (#24 Illinois), 2017 (#22 Michigan), 2018 (#6 Wisconsin).
- Carver Atmosphere
The atmosphere inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena is unlike any other around. In each of the last three seasons, Iowa has set a top-three attendance mark in program history.
In 2016, 4,131 fans watched Iowa and Nebraska face off to break the program’s attendance record for the first time since 2009. In 2017, Iowa shattered its previous record when 4,729 fans rocked Carver-Hawkeye Arena in a bout against the Huskers, and in 2018, Iowa set its third-largest attendance with 4,058 fans watching Iowa and Purdue battle in a thrilling five-set match.
- High-Five Tunnel
For fans wanting to be part of the action, the Hawkeyes welcome any fans courtside during the team introductions to participate in the high-five players as they are introduced over the loudspeakers.
- Postgame Autographs
After every match, fans are invited down to the court to grab autographs from their favorite players. Posters are provided and photos are welcome!
- Carver Cone
Stop by an Iowa volleyball match for Carver Ice Cream cones. Carver Cones are $1 when the Hawkeyes play on Sunday.
The Hawkeyes open the 2019 season at home on Sept. 6 against Colorado in the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. To purchase tickets for the event, visit hawkeyesports.com/tickets.