Hawkeyes Dropped by No. 20 Illinois

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Iowa volleyball team (7-6, 1-1) lost to No. 20 Illinois (6-5, 1-1) in three sets on Saturday night inside Huff Hall.

“I am proud of how they came out and played. This is our first road trip where we have a road trip between matches, so for a young team, I liked how they handled it and they came out strong in the first set. This is a tough atmosphere to play in and we are finding new adversity that we have to work through, and I know they are going to figure it out.”

SET 1 (25-21) | Iowa started strong, pulling out to a 9-4 lead to force an Illinois timeout. Sophomore Courtney Buzzerio accounted for Iowa’s first three points, while freshman Edina Schmidt added a kill and junior Griere Hughes added two kills. Iowa extended its lead to 12-8 before attacking errors brought Illinois back and the Illini took their first lead at 13-12. Illinois took hold of a 16-19 lead as Iowa called its second timeout. Schmidt attempted to stage a late comeback for the Hawkeyes, but Illinois took the first set.

SET 2 (25-18) | Iowa kept the second set close during the opening points of the second set with sophomore Maddie Slagle notching her seventh ace of the season and sophomore Hannah Clayton earning her first two kills of the match, but Illinois took control of the set until freshman Kyndra Hansen entered with Iowa trailing 16-22. Hansen reeled off a quick kill and solo block to force Illinois’ first timeout of the set. However, Illinois rallied after the timeout to take the final three points and the set, 25-18.

SET 3 (25-22) | Iowa took a quick 3-1 lead after a couple kills from Hughes and sophomore Amiya Jones. Iowa maintained a slim lead thanks to five Illini service errors before either team reached their 15th point. A Clayton block forced Illinois’ first timeout, but Illinois quickly tied the score at 14 to force Iowa to call a timeout of its own. Illinois grabbed a brief lead before Hughes tallied three-straight kills as Illinois called its final timeout of the set. Illinois tied the set at 20 after a three-point run and took control to finish off the set and match, 25-22.


  • Sophomore Maddie Slagle earned her seventh service ace of the season.
  • Iowa’s three service errors are a season low.

The Hawkeyes quickly turn around to host No. 7 Minnesota on Wednesday at 6 p.m. (CT). The match will air live on the Big Ten Network.

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