Hoosiers Nearly Stage Remarkable Comeback in 3-2 Loss to Iowa
Oct. 28, 2005
IOWA CITY, Iowa - The Indiana volleyball team battled back from a large 2-0 deficit against Iowa, but could not close out the Hawkeyes in a heart-breaking 3-2 (30-28, 30-23, 23-30, 26-30, 15-7) loss in Iowa City, Iowa, on Oct. 28. The Hoosiers dropped to 9-14 (2-9 Big Ten) on the season with the defeat.
Individually, senior outside hitter Rachel Gerling led IU with 20 kills and 20 digs as one of a pair of double-doubles on the evening. Freshman setter Laura Holm turned in the other double-dip with 36 assists and 18 digs.
Additionally, freshman setter Jessica Batliner recorded 24 assists, while junior Sara Diehl registered 16 digs. Furthermore, freshman outside hitter Erica Short knocked down 14 kills; while senior middle blocker Mandy Eberle (12) and sophomore outside hitter Lauren Ditteon (10) also posted double-figure kill tallies.
Notably, Holm moved into 10th on IU's all-time career assist chart with 893 total helpers, while Eberle's three block assists pushed her season total to 108 for sole possession of eighth on IU's single-season chart.
In the first frame, the Hoosiers jumped out to an early 20-14 lead, but could not withstand a ferocious response by Iowa, as the Hawkeyes knotted the score at 20-20. IU countered to take a 25-22 advantage, before Iowa squared the game at 25-25. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, Iowa went on to claim a 30-28 win in a pivotal game one.
In the second stanza, the two squads traded the lead 11 times and tied the game on 11 other occasions before Iowa pulled away at 21-21 to finish with a 30-23 win and take a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 lead.
The scrappy Hoosiers answered in a hotly contested third game that featured 12 ties and 12 lead changes. Once both teams fought to a 16-16 tie, Indiana shoved the throttle down with a 14-7 run to close out the game, 30-23. The triumph also cut the gap to 2-1.
In the fourth frame, IU initially seemed to have run out of steam, falling behind 12-5 at one point. Remarkably, the Hoosiers discovered a reserve tank to battle back to an 18-18 tie. From that point, the two squads traded the lead four times before Indiana put together an 8-4 run with the game squared at 22-22. The 30-26 victory put IU in position to post its initial comeback from a 2-0 deficit since accomplishing the feat against Western Kentucky on Sept. 20, 2003.
Unfortunately, the Hoosiers came out flat in the fifth frame to fall behind 6-1. Indiana never recovered, as the Hawkeyes clinch the match with a 15-7 result.
Indiana returns to action on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m., against No. 18 Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minn.
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