IU Downed by Iowa
Oct. 8, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana volleyball team fell to 8-10 (1-5 Big Ten) on the season after struggling against Iowa in a four-game match. Even though the Hoosiers blitzed the Hawkeyes in game one, 30-20, Iowa bounced back to take a 3-1 (30-20, 20-30, 20-30, 27-30) victory over IU.
"After our offensive did okay in the first game, we struggled the rest of the way," Indiana head coach Katie Weismiller said. "We were not as crisp as we were last night against Minnesota. We were not the same team as last night. I have to give credit to Iowa. They were a scrappy team and did a nice job. We just have to come back in the gym on Monday and work hard."
Individually, senior outside hitter Rachel Gerling and freshman outside hitter Erica Short led IU with 11 kills each, while Gerling parlayed that effort into a double-double with 13 digs. She nearly posted a triple double, with seven total blocks. Meanwhile, freshman setter Laura Holm recorded a double-double of her own with 42 assists and 11 digs, while sophomore outside hitter Lauren Ditteon accounted for 12 digs. Additionally, junior libero Sara Diehl registered a career and match high with 18 digs.
"The coaches have been working with me on how to read the hitters," Diehl said. "My teammates and coaches really helped me out by communicating with me tonight. I just tried to respond to what they said."
The Hoosiers absolutely dominated in the first frame, as they jumped out to a lead and never looked back for a 30-20 win. IU never once trailed in the game, as the Hoosiers held Iowa to a scant .020 hitting percentage.
The Hawkeyes countered in the second stanza to win 30-20 and tie the match at 1-1. Iowa blistered the ball in the game by connecting at a .476 clip. The third game featured more of the same as Iowa won 30-20 to take a 2-1 lead.
Iowa then closed out the match with a 30-27 win in the fourth as the teams staged a much more competitive game with 14 ties and nine lead changes. Unfortunately, the Hoosiers could not win out after the score was tied at 24-24.
Next up, the Hoosiers travel to Madison, Wis., to battle the Badgers on Oct. 14 at 7 p.m., before heading to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern on Oct. 15 at 7 p.m.
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