Hoosiers Suffer Five-Set Loss to Iowa
Nov. 22, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana volleyball team rallied back from a two-set deficit to take the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes to five, but the Hoosiers could not hold on as they dropped the final set 15-10 in front of a home crowd in University Gymnasium. Indiana fell 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14, 10-15 to drop to 9-19 on the year and 1-16 in Big Ten play, while Iowa moves to 11-18 (2-15 B1G).
Awele Nwaeze was one of three Hoosiers with double-digit kills, terminating 12 in the match, and racked up a career-high eight blocks in the contest to help Indiana achieve a season-high 12.0 total blocks. Jordan Haverly posted a 13-kill performance with eight digs, while Morgan Leach added 12 kills and a pair of block assists. Jazzmine McDonald also helped Indiana on the attack with her eight kills and three blocks and Amelia Anderson tallied nine kills and four block assists. Setters Megan Tallman and Katie Gallagher dished out 30 and 28 assists, respectively, and Caitlin Hansen paced the Cream and Crimson with 22 digs on the night.
Indiana fell behind 3-0 to open the match and couldn’t manage to scrape together a comeback in the opening set, falling 25-16. Anderson and Haverly led the attack with three kills apiece, while Hansen’s four digs led IU in the frame.
Indiana and Iowa remained close midway through the second set at 11-10, but the Hawkeyes went on to outscore the Hoosiers 14-10 to take it 25-20. Leach posted five kills in set two, followed by Nwaeze with three.
Looking at a 2-0 deficit, Indiana came back in a closely contested third game that featured 16 ties and five lead changes. Indiana hit .429 to help itself to a 25-23 advantage to stay alive and was led by Nwaeze’s five kills. Jade Henderson earned three of her four kills of the night in the third set, including the dagger that secured the Hoosiers’ third-set win. McDonald and Anderson both hit over .500 in the frame, boasting clips of .600 and .750, respectively. Hansen would add five digs.
Indiana soared out of the gate to start the fourth frame. With a 10-5 advantage over the Hawkeyes, IU went on to outscore Iowa 15-9 to force the match into a contest-deciding fifth.
The fifth sat deadlocked on six different occasions, but Iowa would eventually pull away 15-10. Haverly was flawless on her three attack attempts and earned kills on each swing, while Leach added a pair in the frame.
The Hoosiers are back at it tomorrow evening when they welcome No. 6 Nebraska to U-Gym. Opening serve is slated for 7 p.m. ET.
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