Leach Hits Career High In Hoosiers 3-2 Loss At Iowa
Oct. 19, 2013
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Indiana volleyball team battled back from an 0-2 deficit to take Iowa down to the final set, but the Hoosiers would fall just short (22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19, 14-16) in the Hoosiers 3-2 loss with the Hawkeyes this evening in Iowa City, Iowa. Indiana now drops to 8-10 on the season and 0-8 in Big Ten matches, while Iowa gets its first B1G win and improves to 10-11 (1-7).
Junior Morgan Leach set a career-high with 20 kills on 37 swings (.378) to surpass her previous high of 18 set against Wisconsin on Sept. 28, 2013. Jordan Haverly tallied four service aces and added eight kills and 18 digs, while Awele Nwaeze terminated nine with four block assists and two solos.
The Hoosiers quickly found themselves down 4-1 in the opening set. Kills from Leach, Lebo and a pair of terminations from George would eventually help Indiana knot the score at seven, and a block by the Hoosiers would later tie it at eight points apiece. Iowa then went off on a 12-4 run to pull ahead 18-12, but following an Indiana timeout, Indiana would find its rhythm with four kills and two blocks to battle back to within three at 22-19. With the score eventually reaching 24-20, Nwaeze found the floor before an Iowa attacking error to keep the Hoosiers alive at 24-22, but the Hawkeyes would clinch the opening set 25-22 on a kill from Alex Lovell. Leach connected on four kills in set one, while George tallied three kills on four attempts. Haverly found the floor twice to go with her pair of digs.
It was a battle in set two as both squads sat deadlocked at 13 different occasions and neither team led by more than three points. The Hoosiers held on to its one point advantage until Iowa managed to take its first lead in the set at 13-12. Indiana and Iowa would exchange leads until the end, but it would be the Hawkeyes who would escape set two, 25-23. Leach led Indiana's offense with six kills in the second set.
Leach's three kills in set three again paced the Hoosiers, who as a team registered just nine in the third, but Iowa committed 15 errors to help Indiana take set three, 25-20.
After tying the Hawkeyes in set four at 1-1, the Hoosiers took a 2-1 lead on a kill from Anderson and never looked back. Leach would clinch set four for Indiana with her 18th kill of the match to close it at 25-20 in favor of the Hoosiers.
A closely contested fifth set would wind down to a 14-14 tie. Iowa would record back-to-back kills to take the match, 16-14.
Indiana will return to action on Tuesday, Oct. 23 when it travels to Purdue for a 7 p.m. match.
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