COLUMBUS, Ohio – University of Iowa volleyball fell to No. 6 Ohio State, 3-1, Friday night in Covelli Center.
The Hawkeyes were led by junior Delaney McSweeney who hit at a clip of .533. Sophomore Michelle Urquhart led the team with 11 kills, and redshirt senior Lily Tessier led the team with 21 assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (OSU, 25-18): Urquhart opened the set strong with kills on three of the first four Iowa points. A back-to-back kill and ace from senior Amiya Jones to give Iowa the 7-5 lead. The opening of the set was going back-and-forth with lead changes and ties between the two teams. Back-to-back kills from Urquhart gave the Hawkeyes a 13-11 lead. Four straight points for Ohio State flipped the lead, 15-13, and forced Iowa to take a timeout. Iowa was able to tie it at 15 on back-to-back points after the timeout. The Hawkeyes took their second timeout after the Buckeyes went on a 3-0 run to expand the lead, 18-15. The Buckeyes were able to extend their lead to five and got to set point after three straight kills.
SET 2 (Iowa, 25-22): The Hawkeyes opened the set strong taking a 5-1 lead. Ohio State was able to get points here and there, but took a timeout with the Iowa lead at 8-3. After the timeout, the two teams were going point for point as Iowa stayed ahead. The Buckeyes were able to get four straight, getting within two. The Hawkeyes took a timeout with the score 12-10. Ohio State took the lead after another run of three, and Iowa took their second timeout. The Buckeyes had a successful challenge to overturn a call and they took the lead, 16-15. Iowa was able to tie it at 21 on a big block. Iowa was able to secure the set victory on four straight Buckeye errors.
SET 3 (OSU, 25-10): The third set opened evenly matched, but Ohio State went on to take the lead, 7-4 and the Hawkeyes called a timeout. The Buckeyes were able to take a commanding lead after six straight points. Iowa was able to get a few points throughout the set, but Ohio State remained in the driver’s seat and closed out the set, outscoring the Hawkeyes 16-5.
SET 4 (OSU, 25-18): Ohio State kept their momentum going from the third set and jumped out to an early lead. Back-to-back Hawkeye points got them within one, 6-5. Ohio State extended their lead to four after a 3-0 run. The two teams were exchanging points as the Buckeyes stayed in front, 13-9. Down seven, Iowa was able to get back-to-back kills to make it 17-12. Redshirt-
senior Jacqlyn Caspers registered back-to-back kill and block to get it to 22-17 in favor of Ohio State. The Buckeyes were able to close out the set and secure the match.
The Hawkeyes return home to Xtream Arena on Thursday, Oct. 27 to face Maryland. First serve is set for 6 p.m. CT. The match will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required