Hawkeyes, Huskers Headed to U-Gym This Weekend
Oct. 3, 2012
Iowa is led by Bethany Yeager, whose 4.88 digs per set this season is tops in the Big Ten. The Hawkeye attack is led by Alex Lovell, who averages 3.13 kills per set and Nikki Dailey tops the team with 18 aces on the season for an average of 0.27 per set.
Nebraska has four players who have garnered All-America accolades in their career in setter Lauren Cook, outside hitter Hanna Werth, right-side Morgan Broekhuis and outside hitter Gina Mancuso. In Big Ten play, Hayley Thramer is leading the conference in blocks at 1.47 per set. Mancuso leads the team with 3.43 kills per set, but Werth and Broekhuis are right behind her in their balanced attack at 3.00 and 2.95 per set respectively.
Both matches can be heard live on IUHoosiers.com with Greg Murray on the call.
DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK
After a year on the bench, the Cherry Valley, Ill., native was anxious to hit the court with her team, and she didn't waste any time. Haverly earned Black Knight Invitational MVP honors after killing 38 balls and leading the Hoosiers to a 3-0 start to the season.
Haverly has eight double-doubles this season and is seventh in the Big Ten this season at 3.94 kills per set. She played just one set against Quinnipiac, but still managed enough votes from coaches at the Black Knight Invitational for MVP honors.
She earned All-Tourney honors at the Indiana Invitational, tallying 53 kills on the weekend, including 20 in the win over Cleveland State and 19 in the win over Georgia Tech. She has four double-doubles this season.
With 242 kills on the season, Haverly sits at 1,151 career kills. She became the 15th Hoosier all-time to reach 1000 career kills against Georgia Tech.
Averaging 4.03 kills per set on the year, Haverly has upped her play in Big Ten competition. She is averaging 4.27 kills per set in Big Ten matches, and her season hitting percentage of .196 has risen to .224 in conference action. In the fourth set against Northwestern, the junior co-captain had nine of the 23 kills she had in the match. She has reached 23 kills in a match twice this season.
THE PRIDE OF RIVERSIDE
With the loss of four seniors in 2011, Granado stepped up to fill the leadership void during the offseason. The senior from Riverside, Calif., got sick at the very end of the summer and was unable to play during the non-conference schedule however. With 1,836 career assists, Granado ranks eighth in IU history and played a key role in IU's success during the 2010 Sweet Sixteen run in the NCAA Tournament.
K-MARSCH: BLUE-LIGHT SPECIAL
Marschall got the message loud and clear, as she led the Hoosiers in kills with 336 (3.10 per set). She had six double-doubles on the season.
In 2012, Marschall has double digit kills in seven matches and is hitting .234 for the season. She earned All-Black Knight Invitational honors at West Point to start the season and had 27 kills while hitting .384 in IU's wins over Cleveland State and Georgia Tech at the Indiana Invitational.
With 963 kills on her career, Marschall is closing in on 1,000, which would make her the 16th player in IU history to reach that statistical milestone. She and Jordan Haverly would be the first active duo to have 1000+ kills since 2007 for Indiana.
PERFECTION FOR THROWER
In 2012, Thrower will look to play at that dominant level on a more consistent basis. The team leader in blocks in 2011, the senior from Sycamore, Ill., leads the Hoosiers already this season with 79 blocks, including 11 solo blocks. She earned All-Tournament honors at the Indiana Invitational with 22 blocks on the weekend.
She had nine blocks and nine kills in the Bowling Green match. The senior is hitting .316 on the season, and hit an amazing .487 at the Indiana Invitational.
MORGAN IN THE MIDDLE
Leach earned All-Black Knight Invitational honors with 30 kills and 10 blocks on the weekend. The Champaign, Ill., native got those 30 kills while hitting .551 on the weekend. She averaged 2.73 kills per set and 0.91 blocks per set.
Leach is tied for third on the team averaging 2.15 kills per set this season and is hitting .278.
MEELS ON WHEELS
GALLAGHER DROPS THE HAMMER
Gallagher, an AAU All-American in high school, has dished out 142 assists in 11 sets at the Black Knight Invitational, leading the Hoosiers to a 3-0 record and amassing two double-doubles along the way. She also added a team-high 38 digs to go along with four blocks, a kill and a service ace.
This season she has 570 assists, 112 digs, 23 blocks, 18 kills and seven service aces.
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