Iowa falls to No. 11 Washington in Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — The University of Iowa volleyball team fell to No. 11 Washington, 3-1, on Saturday at Huff Hall on the campus of the University of Illinois in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge.

Three Hawkeyes recorded double digit kills, Courtney Buzzerio (16), Kyndra Hansen (10), and Addie VanderWeide (10).

The Huskies out-hit the Hawkeyes, .495 to .234.


SET 1 (Iowa, 28-26): Washington jumped out to a 5-1 lead before the Hawkeyes fought back to tie it at 7-7. The Hawkeyes and the Huskies traded points leading to a 17-17 tie. Iowa would pull out to a 24-20 lead, but the Huskies scored four straight points, and then trading points to 26-26. The Hawkeyes prevailed in the opening set after a Washington attack error and an Ortega ace. The Hawkeyes hit .416 for the set.

SET 2 (Washington, 25-16): Much like the first set the Huskies got out to a n early advantage, 7-4, before the Hawkeyes answered back tying it at 8-8. Washington would go on a run taking a 16-12 lead and maintain the lead to even the match.

SET 3 (Washington, 25-14): Washington built an 11-4 cushion due in part to a 6-0 run. The Hawkeyes attempted to chip away but steady offense from the Huskies led to a 20-10 score and 25-14 final in set three.

SET 4 (Washington, 25-14): The Huskies used a 7-0 run to take a 10-3 lead to start the fourth set. They stretched that lead to 14-5 before an Iowa timeout. The Huskies ultimately pulled away to win the match.


“One point we made going into this match was for our offense to rise to the challenge. We definitely saw that from Courtney, Addie, and Kyndra. Our defense had a tough time slowing Hoffman. We have some time to clean up some areas of our defense before the next match. Now we move into preparing for our home opening weekend against Syracuse, Ball State and Iowa State.”


  • Senior Courtney Buzzerio was named to the All-Tournament team. The California native tallied 32 kills and 19 digs in the two matches (Colorado, Washington).
  • Freshman Addie VanderWeide made her first start for the Hawkeyes and tallied a career-high 10 kills.
  • The Hawkeyes hit .416 in the first set, which is their season high for a single set.
  • This is the second time this season the Hawkeyes have had multiple players with double digit kills.

Iowa will host to the Cy-Hawk Series Tournament, Sept. 9-11, at Xtream Arena in Coralville. The Hawkeyes will face Syracuse, Ball State, and Iowa State, beginning with Syracuse Thursday at 6 p.m. (CT).