VB Notebook: vs. Rutgers, Maryland

OPPONENT Iowa (8-14, 0-10) vs. Rutgers (9-11, 1-9)
LOCATION Coralville, Iowa (Xtream Arena)
DATE Friday, Oct. 27
FIRST SERVE 6 p.m. (CT) on B1G+


OPPONENT Iowa (8-14, 0-10) vs. Maryland (14-8, 4-6)
LOCATION Coralville, Iowa (Xtream Arena)
DATE Saturday, Oct. 28
FIRST SERVE 8 p.m. (CT) on B1G Network



The Hawkeyes host Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 27 at 6 p.m. (CT) on B1G+ (subscription required) and Maryland on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. (CT) on B1G Network. Both matches will be played inside Xtream Arena in Coralville, Iowa.


  • Live stats for each contest can be found on the volleyball schedule page at hawkeyesports.com.
  • Iowa’s match against Rutgers will be live streamed on B1G+ (subscription required).
  • The match against Maryland will air live on B1G Network. Kylen Mills (play-by-play) and Elena Shkylar (color) are on the call.
  • Both matches will be available on the Hawkeye Radio Network (YouTube) with John Evans on the call.


  • Two athletes have played in every set (79) so far this season; Delaney McSweeney and Bailey Ortega.
  • Fifth-year transfer Caitlan Buettner reached the 1,000-kill milestone on October 14th against Michigan State. She currently has 1,020 career kills.
  • Senior setter Bailey Ortega reached the 2,000-assist milestone on October 20th at Penn State. Ortega currently ranks 10th on Iowa’s all-time assists list with 2,027 career assists behind Jitka Stehnova (2,159; 2002-03).
  • Ten Hawkeyes have tallied at least one ace, but five are in double digits; Michelle Urquhart (37), Nataly Moravec (20), Caitlan Buettner (17), Anna Davis (13), and Sydney Dennis (12).
  • Five athletes have registered triple-digit digs; Sydney Dennis (304), Caitlan Buettner (211), Michelle Urquhart (161), Bailey Ortega (137), and Nataly Moravec (118).



  • Caitlin Schweihofer is in her fourth season at the helm of the Scarlet Knights.
  • Rutgers  is currently 1-9 in Big Ten ball, with their lone win over then No. 16 Minnesota (3-1).  The losses came from then No. 15 Penn State (0-3), then No. 19 Purdue (0-3), Maryland (1-3), Michigan State (1-3), then No. 24 Ohio State (1-3), then No. 1 Wisconsin (0-3), Illinois (1-3), Minnesota (0-3), and Illinois (2-3).
  • The Scarlet Knights are ranked eighth in the Big Ten in both opp. hitting percentage (.2005; 165th nationally), and team total attacks (2,446; 258th nationally).
  • Freshman libero/defensive specialist Madyson Chitty is ranked eighth in the conference in total digs (267; 206th nationally).
  • Fifth year setter Alyssa Nayar is ranked ninth in the Big Ten in assists per set (8.65; 138th nationally).


  • Adam Hughes enters her sixth season at the helm of the Terrapins.
  • Maryland is currently 4-6 in conference play. The conference wins were against Michigan (3-0), Rutgers (3-1), then No. 16 Minnesota (3-2), and Iowa (3-1). The squads losses came to No. 19 Purdue (1-3), then No. 22 Ohio State (0-3), Indiana (0-3), Northwestern (1-3), then No. 1 Wisconsin (0-3), and Illinois (2-3).
  • The Terrapins rank first in the conference in total team blocks (204.5, 25th nationally).
  • Senior setter Sydney Dowler is ranked second in the Big Ten in total assists (719, 74th nationally) and sixth in assists per set (9.22, 104th nationally).



  • Iowa is 8-14 overall and  0-10 in Big Ten play, coming off back-to-back road matchups against No. 11 Penn State, 0-3, and Maryland, 1-3. The Hawkeyes are 5-7 at home and 3-7 on the road.
  • Fifth year Caitlan Buettner ranks fourth in the Big Ten in total attacks (884) and 39th nationally.
  • Junior Michelle Urquhart currently ranks second in the conference in service aces (37) and ranks 33rd across the country, as well as second in aces per set (.49) in the Big Ten and 31st in the NCAA.
  • Redshirt sophomore Sydney Dennis currently ranks fifth in the league in total digs (304) and ranks 132nd nationally.
  • Iowa leads the Big Ten in four categories: digs per set (15.03; 91st in NCAA), team attacks per set (35.20; 103rd in NCAA), team digs (1,187; 111th in NCAA), and team total attacks (2,781; 134th nationally).
  • The Hawkeyes’ roster includes student-athletes from Colorado (2), Connecticut, Illinois (2), Iowa (6), Nebraska, New York, Texas (2), Virginia, Wisconsin, and New Zealand.
  • The 2023 squad highlights five seniors, three juniors, four sophomores, and six freshmen. Nine student-athletes are new to Iowa this season, including three transfers.




  • Caitlan Buettner comes to Iowa from Texas State. The 6-2 outside hitter is a fifth year from El Paso, Texas.
  • Maddy Hanson came to the Hawkeyes from Denver. The sophomore middle hitter stands at 6-1 and is originally from San Antonio, Texas.
  • Nataly Moravec joins the squad from Brigham Young. Moravec stands at 6-2 as a sophomore outside hitter. Moravec calls Weston, Connecticut, home.


  • Six Big Ten teams finished the season ranked in the final top 20 AVCA Coaches Poll — No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 Nebraska, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 11 Penn State, and No. 20 Purdue.
  • The Big Ten Conference has crowned an NCAA Champion in 10 of the last 17 years and at least one Big Ten team has advanced to the Final Four in seven of the last eight seasons.
  • Four teams are currently ranked within the top 25 — No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2  Wisconsin, No. 13 Penn State, and No. 16 Purdue.


The Hawkeyes head north for a two-game road slate against Michigan on Friday, Nov. 3 at 5:30 p.m. (CT) inside Cliff Keen Arena in Ann Arbor, Michigan, followed by Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 6 p.m. (CT) inside the Breslin Center in East Lansing, Michigan. Full schedule details are available on hawkeyesports.com.