Hawkeyes Swept by No. 13 Boilermakers

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – In its first road game of the season, the University of Iowa Volleyball team fell, 3-0, to No. 13 Purdue on Friday night inside Holloway Gymnasium.

Iowa was led by freshman Audrey Black, who registered a season-high and team-high nine kills. Junior Courtney Buzzerio added seven kills and freshman Bailey Ortega recorded 15 assists.


SET 1 (Purdue, 25-19): The Hawkeyes had fast start, leading 2-1. Purdue went on five-point run to take a 7-3 lead. Back-to-back blocks by the Hawkeyes brought the score to 10-8. Two kills by Buzzerio, one kill by Ortega and a few errors by the Boilermakers tied the score at 13. Purdue went on a run to make it 17-13, forcing the Hawkeyes to call timeout. Iowa answered with a 3-0 run of their own to cut into the Purdue lead and an ace by sophomore Joslyn Boyer tied the set at 18. make it 16-17. Purdue pulled away late to take the first set.

SET 2 (Purdue, 25-15): Kills by junior Hannah Clayton, Buzzerio and Black tied up the set at four, but then Purdue went on a 12-1 scoring run, forcing an Iowa timeout. Sophomores Blythe Rients and Edina Schmidt tried to rally the Hawkeyes with back-to-back kills, but Iowa dropped the second set, 25-15

SET 3 (Purdue, 25-17): Iowa stayed close to start the third set, bu trailing 14-12, Purdue went on a quick 6-1 to give the Boilermakers a 20-13 lead. Iowa cut into the lead, making it a 23-17 deficit, but it was too little too late. The Boilermakers rattled off two more points to take the match.


“The first set we came out with a bang with our blocks. Our conference is tough — they’ll mix it up to mess up the blocks a little bit. We lost a little bit of our focus and technique. That opened up a few more shots for them.”

“Audrey Black played really well for us on the outside. She has a great arm and it was great to see on the opposite pin. She held her own and looking forward to what she does tomorrow.”

“We’re still a little short sided on our offensive balance. Moving forward, that’s what we keep striving for, a balanced offense. That way we’re finding ways to get more kills for our team and eliminating our errors.”


  • It was Iowa’s first game against a ranked opponent of the season.
  • Sophomore Emma Grunkmeyer made her Hawekeye debut, registered one kill and two digs. 


The Hawkeyes will take on the Boilermakers one more time Saturday night in West Lafeyette, Indiana, at 3 p.m. (CT).

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