Oct. 16, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 9, 2012
Hoosiers Fall 3-1 at No. 9 Nebraska
Indiana Volleyball (11-16, 3-12) fell to No. 9 Nebraska (19-5, 11-4) in four sets (25-11, 18-25, 25-13, 25-22). Indiana got double-doubles from Jordan Haverly and Whitney Granado in the match.
The Last Meeting
November 10, 2012
Iowa City, Iowa
Hoosiers Sweep the Hawkeyes
Indiana Volleyball (12-16, 4-12) knocked off Iowa (10-19, 2-14) in straight sets (25-21, 25-23, 25-16). The Hoosiers hit .333 getting 14 kills from Jordan Haverly and 11 from Samantha Thrower in the match.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Volleyball (8-9, 0-6) continues to work through its Big Ten schedule with a pair of road matches this weekend. The Hoosiers will square off with No. 8-ranked Nebraska in a 8 p.m. ET matchup on Friday, Oct. 18 before heading to Iowa City, Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. Fans can watch both matches on BTN.com or they may tune in at IUHoosiers.com for live play-by-play by the voice of IU Volleyball, Pierce Cavanaugh.
A LOOK AT NEBRASKA
Nebraska ranks eighth in the latest AVCA poll and sits at 12-3 on the year and 5-1 in the Big Ten. Kelsey Robinson has averaged 4.59 kills per set for Nebraska, which ranks 10th in the NCAA, to help the Cornhuskers to the 14th-highest team kills percent average in the country (14.45). The Cornhuskers also lead the B1G in assists per set so far this season with 13.48.
The Hoosiers are 1-5 with the Cornhuskers in the all-time series and last met on Nov. 9, 2012 where IU fell 3-1 on the road.
FACING THE HAWKEYES
Iowa will host a Big Ten match with No. 25 Purdue before welcoming the Hoosiers on Oct. 19. The Hawkeyes are currently 9-9 on the year and 0-6 in B1G matches. Iowa is second in the conference in service aces per set (1.49) and leads the Big Ten in both digs (1138) and digs per set (15.81). On the attack, Alex Lovell paces the Hawkeyes with an average of 3.75 kills per set.
The Hoosiers have won six of the last nine meetings with the Hawkeyes and lead the all-time series, 39-27. The two squads previous met on Nov. 10, 2012 on the road, where Indiana swept Iowa in straight sets (25-21, 25-23, 25-16).
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers went 0-2 last weekend after hosting a pair of B1G matches with Northwestern and Illinois at U-Gym in Bloomington.
Indiana battled through five sets in its loss to the Wildcats (25-18, 22-25, 24-26, 25-15, 15-8) after falling behind 2-1 in three closely contested sets. Indiana came back to take sets three and four to send it into the match-decicise fifth, but NU would come out on top, 15-8, to take the win. IU’s Chanté George and Awele Nwaeze led the attack with 13 kills each, while Amelia Anderson tallied 11 and Morgan Leach added 10 for the Hoosiers. Caitlin Hansen added 20 digs for the Hoosiers.
In Saturday’s 3-0 loss to Illinois, Jordan Haverly and Chanté George led the way for IU with 11 kills each, with George hitting .444 in the match. Awele Nwaeze added 10 kills, while Hansen recorded 15 digs in the three-setter. The Hoosiers had 48 kills compared to just 37 for Illinois, but 27 errors hurt the IU cause.
After playing the previous four matches at home, the Hoosiers will hit the road for four consecutive away contests. Indiana kicks off the short road swing with three matches in just five days before closing out the four-match stretch at Michigan State on Oct. 26.
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 1,528 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 164 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 933 career digs and is just 67 away from becoming the first Hoosier ever to accumulate 1,500 kills and 1,000 digs.
CAITLIN PASSES 1,000
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 3.69 digs per set in the first six matches of conference play, a mark that ranks eighth in the Big Ten through three 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 (12, 47, 196.0). 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 .231 thus far in 2013.
Leach has 164 kills to lead the team in 2013 and is 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.
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 Gameday 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.