Oct. 9, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 2, 2012
IU Gets the Sweep at Northwestern
Indiana Volleyball (11-14, 3-10) knocked off Northwestern (15-9, 4-9) in three sets (25-20, 25-14, 25-23). Indiana got 15 kills from Jordan Haverly and 12 from Kelci Marschall in the win. The sweep is IU's first over a Big Ten team since 2010.
The Last Meeting
November 3, 2012
Hoosiers Fall in Four at Illinois
Indiana Volleyball (11-15, 3-11) fell to Illinois (11-13, 5-9) in four sets (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 25-18). Indiana got 16 kills from Jordan Haverly and 11 from Morgan Leach in the match. Haverly added 13 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.
Indiana Volleyball (8-7, 0-4) plays host to Northwestern (9-7, 1-3) on Friday and Illinois (6-8, 2-2) on Saturday. Friday's match is a Dig Pink match, and everyone is encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer research. The first 150 fans to arrive on Friday will receive "24 Sports/1 Cause" t-shirts. Both of this weekend's matches will be streamed live on BTN.com, with the Voice of IU Volleyball, Pierce Cavanaugh, on the call.
Northwestern is led by one of the nation's most productive attackers, Stephanie Holthus. Holthus has 242 kills on the season (4.1 per set). She ranks among the nation's top 40 in kills per set and points per set on the 2013 season.
Illinois has played an unbelievably tough schedule to date, playing 14 matches, with 10 of those opponents in this week's top 25 and 12 at least receiving votes in this week's national poll. Redshirt sophomore Jocelynn Birks leads the Illini charge with 204 kills on the season.
HAVERLY PURSUING HISTORY
Jordan Haverly became the fifth Hoosier all-time to surpass 1,500 career kills with her first kill of the night at Wisconsin. Her 1,512 career kills are the seventh most among active players nationally. 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 has 123 kills and is one of four Hoosiers with more than 100 terminations. 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.
Haverly has 921 career digs and is just 79 away from becoming the first Hoosier ever to accumulate 1,500 kills and 1,000 digs.
HANSEN PASSES 1000
Caitlin Hansen is in year two as the libero for the Hoosiers. The senior from Indianapolis surpassed the 1,000 dig barrier against Penn State. She proved it wasn't a fluke, too, tallying 24 digs in the five-setter against Ohio State.
Hansen has started out the Big Ten slate strong, averaging 4.07 digs per set in the first four matches of conference play, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten through two weeks of conference action. The senior upped her level of play for the Big Ten slate, as she averaged 3.39 digs per set during the non-conference slate.
PUT IT AWAY-LE
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 service aces, blocks and points (11, 43, 169.5). 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.
Junior Morgan Leach has been a consistent offensive force for the Hoosiers through her first two seasons in Bloomington, hitting .249 as a freshman and .259 as a sophomore. She is hitting .235 thus far in 2013.
Leach has 146 kills to lead the team in 2013, one of four Hoosiers with 100+ kills. Leach has thrived in a new role this season, moving to the right side full time since the beginning of the conference slate after rotating to the position while also playing some in the middle early in the season. Leach played solely in the middle during her first two years at IU.
BRINGING HOME THE HARDWARE
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
LEADING THE CHARGE
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 Game Day Preparation, Haverly will take the lead for Academics, Leach is in charge of Treatment and Recovery, and Gallagher will spearhead Community Outreach.
ALWAYS IN THE KNOW
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.
INSIDE IU VOLLEYBALL
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.