CORALVILLE, Iowa – University of Iowa volleyball fell to Maryland, 3-1, Thursday night in Xtream Arena.
The Hawkeyes were led by junior Delaney McSweeney who hit at a clip of .611 with zero errors in the match. Sophomore Michelle Urquhart and redshirt senior Lily Tessier led the team with 14 kills and 31 assists, respectively.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (Maryland, 25-18): Maryland was able to capitalize early on Iowa mistakes to take the 6-3 lead. A kill from Tessier cut the Terrapin lead to two, 7-5. Iowa was able to get within one after a 3-0 run. Maryland responded with three straight of their own to extend their lead to 13-9 and Iowa took their first timeout. The two teams were exchanging points as the Terrapins maintained their lead, 15-11. Iowa took their second timeout after Maryland went up by seven. The Hawkeyes responded back with three straight kills to make it 19-14. Maryland maintained control of the set and secured the first set on an ace. Iowa was led by McSweeney in the set who hit a perfect 1.000 with five kills.
SET 2 (Iowa, 25-16): Redshirt freshman Sydney Dennis opened the second set with an ace. Maryland jumped out to the early lead, but Iowa answered back with back-to-back kills to tie it at three. The set was going back-and-forth. The Hawkeyes went on a 4-0 run to take an 8-6 lead. Back-to-back kills for Iowa made it 10-7. A big kill from Urquhart puts Iowa up 14-12. Three straight kills from the Hawkeyes forces Maryland to take a timeout with Iowa up four. An ace off the hand of Sophomore Toyosi Onabanjo makes it 18-13. Iowa was able to maintain their lead and got to set point off an ace from senior Amiya Jones. A kill from McSweeney secured the set victory for the Hawkeyes.
SET 3 (Maryland, 25-18): Maryland jumped out to an early lead. Iowa was able to get points here and there as Maryland maintained their lead. A kill From Urquhart got the Hawkeyes within two with the score at 10-8. Maryland went on a 4-0 run to extend their lead to 14-8. Another four straight from the Terrapins extended their lead to nine. Back-to-back kills for the Hawkeyes get the score to 21-14. Maryland was able to get to set point, but back-to-back kills from Urquhart made it 24-18. A Terrapin block secured the third set victory.
SET 4 (Maryland, 25-23): The set was evenly matched to open with ties at points two through four. Back-to-back kills from McSweeney puts the Hawkeyes up 9-5 and Maryland takes their first timeout. Iowa went on a 6-0 run to put them up 12-5. Maryland tried to claw back into the set with three straight points to cut their deficit to four. Iowa took a timeout as Maryland pulled with two to take it 15-13. Maryland was able to get within a point four times, but the Hawkeyes maintained their lead. Maryland was able to tie it at 20, but an ace from Tessier put Iowa up two. Maryland went on a 4-0 run to get it to match point, 24-22. A service error from the Hawkeyes secured the match for the Terrapins.
The Hawkeyes hit the road and will face Northwestern in Evanston, Ill. on Sunday October 30 in Welsh-Ryan Arena. First serve is set for 1 p.m. CT and will be streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).