Hoosiers Downed by Northwestern
Oct. 15, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Indiana volleyball squad dropped to 8-12 (1-7 Big Ten) on the season after pushing Northwestern throughout the match. In the end, Indiana's improved offensive attack could not overcome the Wildcats in the 3-1 (30-21, 30-20, 21-30, 30-21) loss.
"We struggled coming out, and then played a great game three," Indiana head coach Katie Weismiller said. "Our passing was not with us this evening. Offensively, we were there, but we struggled passing the ball."
Individually, freshman outside hitter Erica Short led the Hoosiers with 17 kills, while senior outside hitter Rachel Gerling posted a double-double with 14 kills and 16 digs. Meanwhile, freshman setter Laura Holm posted 41 assists to account for IU's other double-digit performance.
In the first frame, Indiana demonstrated an improved offensive attack with a .200 hitting percentage, but could not overcome Northwestern's .306 clip. Consequently, the Wildcats took a 1-0 lead with a 30-21 win.
In the second stanza, IU punched up its attack as evidenced by a .310 hitting clip. Unfortunately, Northwestern did the same with a blistering .611 rate to take a 2-0 lead with a 30-20 win.
Coming out of intermission, the Hoosiers demonstrated heart and desire by not going away silently with an impressive .371 hitting percentage to overpower Northwestern 30-21 and cut the gap to 2-1.
The Wildcats countered in the fourth frame with a 30-21 win to clinch the 3-1 win.
Next up, Indiana returns home to host Purdue on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m., at the University Gym, before tangling with Illinois on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
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