VB Notebook: at No. 4 Nebraska, vs. Rutgers

OPPONENT Iowa (7-18, 1-13) vs. Nebraska (21-2, 13-1)
LOCATION Lincoln, Neb. (Devaney Center)
DATE Friday, Nov. 11


OPPONENT Iowa (7-18, 1-13) vs. Rutgers (8-18, 2-12)
LOCATION Iowa City, Iowa (Xtream Arena)
DATE Sunday, Nov. 13

The Setting

University of Iowa volleyball travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday at 6 p.m. (CT) inside the Devaney Center.  The Hawkeyes then return home to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights  on Sunday at 2 p.m. (CT) inside Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa. 

Following the Sunday match, the Hawkeyes will recognize the senior class, including Amiya Jones, Mari Hinkle, Madi Wahrmund and Edina Schmidt.



  • 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 call on Hawkeye Radio Network (YouTube) for the Rutgers match.


  • John Cook enters his 23rd season at the helm of the Huskers.
  • Nebraska is currently 21-2 overall, and  13-1 in conference play. The Huskers only coference loss coming from #5 Wisconsin, 0-3.
  • This will be the first time the teams meet this season. The teams will play again at Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 18 at 6 p.m.
  • Nebraska is currently first in the conference and the nation in opposition hitting percentage (.123).
  • The Huskers lead the conference in match win-loss percentage (.913).
  • Senior outside hitter Madi Kubik ranks 12th in the Big Ten in attacks per set (3.18) and leads the team in kills (245).
  • Sophomore libero Lexi Rodriguez is sixth in the conference in digs per set (4), and 11th in total digs (308).
  • Senior middle blocker Kaitlyn Hord is first nationally and first in the Big Ten in blocks per set (1.64). Hord also ranks third in conference in total blocks and 17th nationally (126).


  • Caitlin Schweihofer enters her third season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights.
  • Rutgers is currently 2-12 in conference play.  
  • The Hawkeyes and the Scarlet Knights played on Nov. 4 with Rutgers winning, 3-0, inside Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, N.J.
  • Rutgers is currently eighth in the Big Ten in team total attacks (2,938).
  • Redshirt freshman outside hitter Alissa Kinkela leads the team in kills with 233. She is second in kills per set (2.59). 
  • Redshirt junior setterLauren DeLo leads the team in assists with 595. She also leads in assists per set (7.08). DeLo ranks 10th in the conference in assists per set (7.08).
  • Junior middle blocker Kristina Grkovic leads the team in service aces (28). She also leads the team in blocks (90) and block assists (76). 
  • Junior libero Madyson Chitty leads the team in digs with 245. She also leads in digs per set (2.69).



  • 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 digs (1,279) and fifth in total aces (132).
  • Senior libero Mari Hinkle averages 4.16 digs per set which is fifth in the conference. She is third in the conference in total digs registering 374 thus far. 
  • Against Drake, Hinkle recorded a career-high 34 digs. 
  • Senior middle hitter Amiya Jones is ranked fourth in the conference for total aces (36). Jones is sixth in the Big Ten for aces per set (.40).


  • 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. 4 Nebraska,  No. 3 Wisconsin, No. 6 Ohio State, No. 9 Minnesota, No. 15 Purdue, and No. 16 Penn State.