Hawkeyes Fall to Maryland

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.


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).