Women's Volleyball

    Big Tests Await IUVB in B1G/ACC Challenge

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    Freshman Megan Tallman
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    Sept. 18, 2013

    Big Ten/ACC Challenge
     Friday, Sept. 20 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, N.C.
     5:30 p.m. ET
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     Saturday, Sept. 21
    Carmichael Arena • Chapel Hill, N.C.
     6 p.m. ET Indiana at #15 North Carolina: Listen Live! | Live Stats
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    Indiana Volleyball (8-1) finishes up non-conference play with its stiffest test to date, matches at Duke (7-2) and No. 15 North Carolina (9-0) as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The Hoosiers square off with Duke on Friday at 6:30 p.m. ET from Cameron Indoor Stadium and take the court for battle against the Tar Heels at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Both matches can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with the Voice of IU Volleyball Pierce Cavanaugh on the call.

    Indiana holds a 2-0 record all-time versus the Blue Devils, with the last match a 3-0 win at home on September 16, 2000. Duke is led by outside hitters Emily Sklar and Jeme Obeime, who have 92 and 87 kills respectively this season. Obeime is a 5-11 native on Carmel, Ind., and is the sister of former Hoosier Ivie Obeime. Sklar is a 6-3 sophomore from Colorado. Duke has two losses on the season, both coming to top 10 teams (Florida and Minnesota). They went 3-0 a week ago, including a win over South Carolina.

    The Hoosiers and Tar Heels meet for the third time ever, with the first two meetings coming on neutral courts with each program taking one victory. The last meeting was a 3-1 victory for the Hoosiers on September 11, 1987. The Tar Heels are unbeaten in 2013, and are led by 5-11 outside hitter Jovana Bjelica, who has 89 kills on the season and is hitting a team-high .335. Bjelica is from Belgrade, Serbia. Bjelica also had 10 service aces this season.

    Indiana has played ACC teams in each of the last three seasons, including two matches versus the conference in 2010. The Hoosiers have gone 3-1 in those four matches, defeating Georgia Tech last season by a 3-1 score at the Indiana Invitational. In 2010, the Hoosiers played at Georgia Tech to open the season and came home victorious and then hosted Miami in the NCAA Tournament, winning there as well. IU fell at Virginia Tech in 2011.

    As the Hoosiers head to Tobacco Road this weekend to play in the gym that Michael Jordan made famous, they will be bringing along a pretty talented Jordan of their own. One coming off an MVP performance at the Hoosier Classic.

    Jordan Haverly is IU's active career leader in kills with 1,472, a total that ranks third nationally among active players. The fifth-year senior led Indiana in kills during all three of her previous seasons (2009, 2010 & 2012). She sat out the 2011 campaign due to a knee injury suffered during the Spring season of 2011. Haverly had major reconstructive surgery on her knee after tearing her ACL, MCL, LCL and meniscus.

    This season, Haverly is off to a good start, putting away 83 kills on 194 swings, hitting a career-high .258 in what is the most balanced attack she has been a part of at Indiana. The Cherry Hill, Ill., native ranks fourth on the IU squad in kills, no longer having to carry as much of the burden. Look for the senior to have a stronger 2013 season with less stress being placed on her surgically repaired knee.

    A much heralded recruit when she entered the IU program a year ago, Amelia Anderson was solid if unspectacular in her freshman campaign. Unspectacular was definitely not the way one would describe her performance at the Hoosier Classic though.

    Anderson hit .443 on the weekend to lead the Hoosiers to a 3-0 record, and she led the team with 50 kills. More than she had in the first two weekends of the season, combined. In one weekend, she improved her career hitting percentage by .046. The sophomore from Lake in the Hills, Ill., had a career-high 21 kills against Wyoming, 14 against Tennessee State and then hit a career-high .560 for 15 kills against UAB.

    The Hoosier offense exploded at the Hoosiers Classic, hitting .363 on the weekend, and raising the team's percentage on the season to .301. That ranks 14th nationally. IU's 14.74 kills per set this season ranks 12th nationally. IU also leads the Big Ten and ranks 12th nationally with 1.87 service aces per set, largely thanks to the addition of big servers Awele Nwaeze and Taylor Lebo.

    Transferring into Indiana last January, Indiana's recruitment of Awele Nwaeze was fast and furious, sort of how her start on the court has been this Fall.

    Nwaeze leads the team in hitting percentage (.394) and is second on the squad in kills by just one (90). Nwaeze also leads the team in service aces, blocks and points (10, 26 & 118). The sophomore transferred in from Miami (FL) and has immediately become a go to player for the Hoosiers in crunch time. On the first weekend of the season, Nwaeze earned MVP honors after leading the Hoosiers to the Indiana Invitational title and a 3-0 record.

    Head Coach Sherry Dunbar has led her Hoosiers to at least one non-conference tournament title in each of her seven seasons in Bloomington, and a total of 12 tourney crowns.

    2007: Valparaiso Popcorn Classic
    2008: IU adidas Classic
    2009: Flo Hyman Invitational (U. of Houston), Hampton Inn Invitational (Ohio University)
    2010: Courtyard Marriott Georgia Tech Classic, IU adidas Classic, Niagara/Canisius Tournament
    2011: IU Classic, Hoosier Classic
    2012: Black Knight Invitational, Indiana Invitational
    2013: Indiana Invitational, Hoosier Classic

    The captains of the 2013 IU Volleyball team, as elected by the players, are Caitlin Hansen and Jade Henderson. The program also has started a leadership council this season which includes Jordan Haverly, Melanie Hicks, Morgan Leach and Katie Gallagher.

    Henderson and Hansen will be the team's designated leaders on the court. Each of the four members of the Leadership Counsel will be the team's go-to leader for designated areas. Hicks will be in charge of Gameday Preparation, Haverly will take the lead for Academics, Leach is in charge of Treatment and Recovery, and Gallagher will spearhead Community Outreach.

    Hoosier fans can follow their volleyball team like never before by logging on to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube all season long. Indiana can be followed on Twitter (twitter.com/IUVolleyball), Instagram (instagram.com/iuvolleyball) and Facebook (facebook.com/IUVolleyball). In addition, a live audio or video broadcast of all matches can be found at IUHoosiers.com. Pierce Cavanaugh is in his first season as the voice of IU Volleyball.

    Junior Jade Henderson gives you an inside look at the Indiana Volleyball program in her weekly Youtube blog, Just Jade. The weekly video blog is posted on Tuesdays and gives viewers a glimpse at the life of an Indiana student-athlete.

    Need more IU Volleyball in your life? Check out "Inside IU Volleyball with Sherry Dunbar," a weekly show aired every Wednesday throughout the season. The Voice of IU Volleyball Pierce Cavanaugh will serve as host and catch up with Coach Dunbar and players each week to get a closer look at exactly what's going on in the world of Hoosier Volleyball.




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