VB Notebook: at Rutgers, Maryland

OPPONENT Iowa (7-16, 1-11) vs. Rutgers (7-17, 1-11)
LOCATION Piscataway, N.J. (Jersey Mike’s Arena)
DATE Friday, Nov. 4


OPPONENT Iowa (7-16, 1-11) vs. Maryland (13-11, 4-8)
LOCATION College Park, Md. (Xfinity Center Pavilion)
DATE Sunday, Nov. 6

The Setting

University of Iowa volleyball travels to Piscataway, New Jersey, to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) inside Jersey Mike’s Arena.  The Hawkeyes then go up against the Maryland Terrapins on Sunday at 12 p.m. (CT) inside Xfinity Center Pavilion in College Park, Maryland.



  • 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).


  • Caitlin Schweihofer enters her third season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights.
  • Rutgers is currently 1-11 in conference play.
  • The Scarlet Knights win comes from Michigan State, 3-2.
  • Rutgers is currently seventh in the Big Ten in team total attacks (2,730).
  • Redshirt freshman outside hitter Alissa Kinkela leads the team in kills with 216. She also leads in kills per set (2.57).
  • Redshirt junior setterLauren DeLo leads the team in assists with 565. She also leads in assists per set (7.24).
  • Junior middle blocker Kristina Grkovic leads the team in service aces (24). She also leads the team in blocks (83) and block assists (70). Grkovic ranks 12th in the conference in total blocks.
  • Junior libero Madyson Chitty leads the team in digs with 227. She also leads in digs per set (2.67).


  • Adam Hughes enters his fifth season at the helm of the Terrapins.
  • Maryland is currently 4-8 in conference play.  
  • The Hawkeyes and the Terrapins played on Oct. 27 with Maryland winning, 3-1, inside Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.
  • Maryland is currently first in the conference and the nation in both team total blocks (297.5), and blocks per set (3.38).
  • Maryland also ranks first in the Big Ten in aces per set (1.81).
  • Junior outside hitter Sam Csire ranks fourth in the Big Ten in attacks per set (10.44), tenth in kills per set (3.35), sixth in points (341.5), second in total attacks (919), and sixth in total kills (295). 
  • Junior setter Sydney Dowler leads the conference in service aces (38), and is third in aces per set (.43). Dowler ranks sixth in total assists (758) and seventh in assists per set (8.61). 
  • Graduate student middle blocker Rainelle Jones is second nationally, first in the Big Ten in total blocks (140), and ranks third in the conference in blocks per set (1.63).
  • Sophomore libero Milan Gomillion is fifth in the conference in total digs (322).



  • 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.


  • Iowa ranks second in the conference in team attacks per set (34.88), and team digs (1,165).
  • Senior libero Mari Hinkle averages 4.23 digs per set which is second in the conference. She is second in the conference in total digs registering 351 thus far. 
  • Against Drake, Hinkle recorded a career-high 34 digs. 
  • Senior middle hitter Amiya Jones is ranked second in the conference for total aces (36). Jones is also second in the Big Ten for aces per set (.43).


  • Senior middle hitter Amiya Jones has totaled 36 aces this season, leading the team.
  • Jones ranks second in the Big Ten in service aces (36) and also in aces per set (.43).
  • 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.