VB Notebook: vs. Maryland, at Northwestern

OPPONENT Iowa (7-14, 1-9) vs. Maryland (12-10, 3-7)
LOCATION Coralville, Iowa (Xtream Arena)
DATE Thursday, Oct. 27


OPPONENT Iowa (7-14, 1-9) vs. Northwestern (15-7, 4-6)
LOCATION Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
DATE Sunday, Oct. 30

The Setting

University of Iowa volleyball hosts the Maryland Terrapins on Thursday at 6 p.m. (CT) inside Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. The team will celebrate 50 Years of Title IX and Homecoming for the Hawkeyes. On Sunday, the Hawkeyes travel to Evanston, Illinois, to take on the Northwestern Wildcats at 1 p.m. (CT) inside Welsh-Ryan Arena.



  • Live stats for each contest can be found on the volleyball schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
  • Both matches will be available on B1G+ (subscription required). 
  • John Evans will be on the radio call for the Maryland match on Hawkeye Radio Network (YouTube).


  • Adam Hughes enters his fifth season at the helm of the Terrapins.
  • Minnesota is currently 3-7 in conference play.  
  • The Terrapins wins come from Rutgers, 3-0, Northwestern, 3-0, and #9 Purdue, 3-0.
  • Maryland is currently first in the conference in team total blocks (253.5), and blocks per set (3.43).
  • Maryland also ranks first in the Big Ten in team service aces (142) and aces per set (1.92).
  • Junior outside hittter Sam Csire raks third in the Big Ten in attacks per set (10.50), ninth in kills per set (3.42), sixth in points (294.5), ninth in points per set (3.98), second in total attacks (777), and sixth in total kills (253). 
  • Junior setter Sydney Dowler leads the conference in service aces (34), and is third in aces per set (.46). Dowler ranks fifth in total assists (644) and seventh in assists per set (8.70). 
  • Graduate student middle blocker Rainelle Jones is the national leader in total blocks (125), and ranks first in the conference in blocks per set (1.74).
  • Sophomore libero Milan Gomillion is fifth in the conference in total digs (268).


  • Shane Davis enters her seventh season at the helm of Northwestern volleyball. 
  • Northwestern currently ranks first in the Big Ten in assists per set (12.89), team assists (915), team digs (1,025), and team kills (979).
  • Senior outside hitter Temi Thomas-Ailara ranks second in the conference in total kills (281), third in kills per set (3.96), fourth in total attacks (715) and points per set (4.30), fifth in points (305), and sixth in attacks per set (10.07).
  • Junior setter Alexa Rosseau is fourth in the conference in total assists (667), and fourth in assists per set (10.26). She leads the conference in triple doubles, tallying one so far against DePaul.
  • Fifth year libero Megan Miller is second in the conference in total digs (290) behind Iowa’s Hinkle (309). Miller ranks fifth in the Big Ten in digs per set (4.08).
  • The Wildcats are currently 4-6 in conference play. Their wins come from No. 7 Minnesota, 3-2, Rutgers twice, 3-0 and 3-1, and Maryland, 3-0.



  • Iowa ranks first in the conference in team total attacks (2,532).
  • The Hawkeyes picked up their first Big Ten win of the season over Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 8. Iowa defeated the Hoosiers, 3-2.
  • Senior middle hitter Amiya Jones led the Hawkeyes with 17 kills, while junior middle hitter Delaney McSweeney followed with 15 on the afternoon.
  • Redshirt senior Lily Tessier assisted 27 kills, while junior setter Bailey Ortega assisted 20.
  • As a team, Iowa tallies seven service aces led by Jones and sophomore outside hitter Toyosi Onabanjo with two apiece.


  • Senior libero Mari Hinkle averages 4.22 digs per set which is second in the conference. She leads the conference in total digs registering 321 thus far. 
  • Against Drake, Hinkle recorded a career-high 34 digs. 
  • Senior setter Lily Tessier ranks eighth in the confernce in total assists thus far, registering 551. She is tenth in the conference averaging 7.25 assist per set. 
  • Senior middle hitter Amiya Jones is ranked second in the conference for total aces (32) behind Northwestern’s Sydney Dowler (34). Jones is fifth in the Big Ten for aces per set (.42).


  • Senior middle hitter Amiya Jones has totaled 32 aces this season, leading the team.
  • Jones is tied for second in the Big Ten in service aces (32) and and ranks fifth in aces per set (.42).
  • Jones set her career high of seven aces at Indiana (Oct. 26, 2019), and has matched the seven aces twice this season against UNI and Purdue.


  • Six Big Ten teams finished the season ranked in the final top 20 AVCA Coaches Poll — No. 1 Wisconsin, No. 2 Nebraska,  No. 6 Purdue, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 11 Ohio State, and No. 17 Penn State.
  • The Big Ten Conference has crowned an NCAA Champion in 10 of the last 16 years and at least one Big Ten team has advanced to the Final Four in seven straight seasons.
  • This season, six teams are ranked within the top 25 — No. 1 Nebraska,  No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 11 Penn State, and No. 12 Purdue