CORALVILLE, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball lost, 3-0, to No. 9 Nebraska Wednesday night at Xtream Arena.
Amiya Jones had the highest attack percentage for the Hawkeyes, hitting at .400. Mari Hinkle totaled a team-best 16 digs, while Courtney Buzzerio led the squad with 14 kills.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (Nebraska, 25-21): The energy started high when Iowa’s Hannah Clayton scored the first point of the game with a kill. Scoring then went point-for-point, staying within two points of one another until the Huskers began to pull ahead, 10-7. Nebraska forced an Iowa timeout as it pulled ahead further, 15-10. The Hawkeyes forced a Husker time out when they closed the spread to two points, 19-17. Iowa then turned around to take its final timeout down, 22-18. Iowa attempted to come back with long rallies, but ultimately Nebraska prevailed. The first set featured five kills from Addie VanderWeide, and Jones hitting at a .750 clip.
SET 2 (Nebraska, 25-22): Iowa built an early five-point advantage, 9-4. The Huskers fought back and took the lead, 11-10. Nebraska’s advantage increased via an eight-point run, 16-10. Trailing 24-18, Iowa fought back scoring four consecutive points, but the Huskers registered a kill after the Hawkeye run to take the second set. Buzzerio notched six kills in the middle set.
SET 3 (Nebraska, 26-24): Scoring went point-for-point until the teams tied up at four. The teams went on to tie three more times before Iowa started to pull ahead, 12-9. Points went back-and-forth until Iowa began to pull ahead again, 17-15. The teams tied up at 18, 20, 21, and 23. The third set featured 14 ties and seven lead changes. Nebraska scored the 24th point off a block. Clayton answered with a kill to even the match again at 24, but Nebraska tallied the final two points.
HEAR FROM HEAD COACH VICKI BROWN
“We did a good job getting Nebraska’s defense out of system to where we were able to get that transition kill. We did some good blocking as well. Courtney stepped up and had a solid game this evening.”
The Hawkeyes hit the road to compete against Northwestern on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. (CT) in Evanston, Illinois.