Big Tests Await IUVB in B1G/ACC Challenge
Sept. 18, 2013
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.
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.
ANDERSON GOES OFF AT CLASSIC
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.
NATIONALLY RANKED OFFENSE
PUT IT AWAY-LE
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.
BRINGING HOME THE HARDWARE
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LEADING THE CHARGE
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.
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