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IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team (9-16, 3-11) fell to seventh-ranked Nebraska (20-3, 12-2) in three sets on Saturday night inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
The Hawkeyes set a new program attendance record with 4,737 fans in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Junior Griere Hughes paced Iowa with 12 kills, while sophomore Courtney Buzzerio added 21 assists. Freshman Grace Tubbs made her first career start and finished with one kill, one assist, and a block.
HEAR FROM COACH BROWN
“I want to thank the Hawkeye fans for showing out tonight, especially with the football game, but I am very appreciative of their support. In our last couple practices, we put our focus into having a stronger start and we stayed point-for-point with Nebraska in the first set and it came down to a few errors at the wrong time at the end, but I do like what Blythe (Rients) is doing as she grows offensively. We started Grace Tubbs today and she did pretty well. She got her kill in, but we wanted a little more size against their middles. I like how we started each set, but we need to continue to establish a few more offensive options.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (25-21) | With a packed Carver-Hawkeye Arena, the Hawkeyes got out to a strong, 3-1, start and continued to keep pace with the Huskers. Freshman Kyndra Hansen led Iowa with four kills during the set, while the team committed only three attack errors to Nebraska’s six. Nebraska took a 21-20 lead and added two more points to gain its largest lead of the set at 23-20 to force an Iowa timeout. Nebraska aced its next serve to get to match point and captured the first set on a kill.
SET 2 (25-18) | The Hawkeyes hoped their second straight fast start would result in a set victory, but after getting out to a 4-1 lead, the Hawkeyes surrendered the lead to Nebraska and fell behind 6-10. Back-to-back aces from freshman Joslyn Boyer brought Iowa within three points, but Nebraska answered with two quick kills and Iowa called its first timeout. Trailing 12-20, Iowa elected to play a lineup of all underclassmen with three sophomore and three freshmen. The lineup took control of the match with freshman Grace Tubbs earning her first career kills as the Hawkeyes went on a 4-0 run, putting the Huskers on their heels and forcing a timeout. Despite the run, the Hawkeyes fell in set two, but entered the intermission with momentum and optimism.
SET 3 (25-14) | A setting error put Iowa behind to begin the third set as Nebraska piled on the points to force an Iowa timeout with the Hawkeyes trailing 9-3. Iowa added a point following the timeout, but it didn’t faze the Huskers as they added onto their lead to take a 20-10 lead. Hansen notched a late kill but the Hawkeyes dropped the set and match.
- Iowa set a new program attendance record with 4,737 fans in attendance, besting the previous record by eight set Oct. 7, 2017.
- Freshman Grace Tubbs made her collegiate debut.
Iowa hits the road for a midweek matchup at Michigan on Nov. 13 before traveling to Lincoln, Nebraska, for a match against the Huskers on Nov. 16.