ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The University of Iowa volleyball team (9-17, 3-12) fell to No. 23 Michigan (18-7, 11-4) in three sets on Wednesday night inside Cliff Keen Arena.
Junior Griere Hughes led Iowa with eight kills with freshman Kyndra Hansen and sophomore Courtney Buzzerio chipping in seven kills each. In her return to the lineup, junior Brie Orr tallied 16 assists and two kills. Junior Halle Johnston added 18 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (25-16) | Long rallies quickly became the theme to begin the match as neither team wanted to give up momentum. After trading two kills each, Michigan took a two-point lead only to surrender a four-point Hawkeye run and call its first timeout. Iowa looked to hold onto its lead, but a flurry of Wolverine kills gave Michigan the lead back and Iowa called its first timeout trailing 14-13. Three of Michigan’s next four points came by way of a service ace as the Hawkeyes dug themselves a deeper hole with the little room for error. Iowa called its final timeout trailing 22-16, but the break wasn’t enough to generate momentum to catch Michigan in the first set.
SET 2 (25-20) | The second set was a game of runs with Iowa taking a 6-3 lead thanks to a 3-0 run and extended its lead to 11-6 before Michigan responded with a run of its own. The Wolverines began chipping away at Iowa’s lead, culminating in a 6-0 run to take a 19-14 lead. Freshman Joslyn Boyer added back-to-back aces as Iowa trailed 20-18, but Michigan was able to keep Iowa off the lead despite a strong effort by the Hawkeyes to take the second set.
SET 3 (25-18) | Sophomore Courtney Buzzerio opened the third set with two quick kills followed by a kill from freshman Grace Tubbs, but Michigan managed to gain the advantage 9-6. Michigan scored its 10th point, but an Iowa challenge erased the point as Iowa searched for momentum. Michigan errors gave Iowa an opening and a 3-1 run by the Hawkeyes brought Iowa within three points at 19-16. However, the Wolverines responded with a strong effort to seal the third set and match.
- Freshman Grace Tubbs recorded a career-high three kills and two blocks.
- Freshman Joslyn Boyer added two service aces and now leads all Iowa freshmen with 12 on the season.
- Iowa edged Michigan in digs, 37-36.
The Hawkeyes head to Lincoln, Nebraska, to face the seventh-ranked Huskers on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT).