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VERMILLION, South Dakota — The University of Iowa volleyball team (5-2, 0-0) defeated UC Davis (5-4, 0-0), 3-1 in the team’s second match of the day inside the Sanford Sports Center on Friday.
The Hawkeyes smothered the Aggie offense forcing the Aggies into 29 errors and a .043 attack percentage. Junior Griere Hughes and senior Meghan Buzzerio led Iowa with 11 kills each.
HEAR FROM COACH BROWN
“This is a good tournament because it challenges us starting off the day and finishing strong with little time in between. We worked hard on our itinerary to make sure the players had time and they weren’t exhausted going into our second match of the day. There were sluggish starts in both matches today, but that’s part of the fight and as we grow, more teams will have information on us. We executed when we needed to and we found our rhythm.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (25-14) | Iowa and UC Davis came out the gates evenly matched. Both teams sustained long rallies early on, testing each other until the first team broke. Tied 6-6, junior Griere Hughes delivered a powerful kill across the court that sparked a rally for the Hawkeyes. Iowa forced two quick timeouts from the Aggies and Iowa’s lead extended to 20-10 before a short-lasted comeback attempt from UC Davis. Freshman Kyndra Hansen took over for Iowa’s final three points with two kills and a block to seal the first-set victory.
SET 2 (25-18) | The Hawkeyes had a rough second set. They allowed UC Davis to get out to an early 12-6 lead while attack and service errors stalled the Hawkeye attack. Iowa made a brief run to make the score 23-18, but an Aggie kill and ace tied the match at one set each.
SET 3 (25-15) | Iowa regained its focus for the third set. An ace and block from sophomore Amiya Jones forced a timeout as the Hawkeyes refused to give up ground the rest of the set. Junior Brie Orr kept the Aggies on their toes with multiple dumps into the open zones in their defense.
SET 4 (25-12) | The Hawkeyes opened a quick 3-0 lead in the fourth set and continued to put the pressure on UC Davis, forcing more errors and extending their lead further. After a block by Jones and Orr, UC Davis called its second timeout of the set, trailing 11-4. Iowa remained focused and won the fourth set easily, 25-12.
- UC Davis’ .043 attack percentage is the lowest against Iowa since the Hawkeye held Belmont to a .040 attack percentage on Aug. 26, 2018.
The Hawkeyes finish the South Dakota Tournament tomorrow night against South Dakota at 6:30 p.m. (CT). Live stats and live stream links are available on the team’s schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.