Oct. 21, 2013
The Last Meeting
November 21, 2012
West Lafayette, Ind.
Hoosiers Fall At No. 22 Purdue
Indiana Volleyball (12-19, 4-14) fell to No. 22 Purdue (20-10, 11-8) in three (25-21, 25-20, 25-23). IU got 17 kills form Jordan Haverly in the match, and five blocks from Samantha Thrower.
The Last Meeting
October 26, 2012
Hoosiers Fall to MSU in Four
Indiana Volleyball (10-13, 2-9) fell to Michigan State (17-6, 5-6) in four sets (24-26, 25-23, 25-20, 25-17). Indiana took the first set and was within two points of going up two sets, but Michigan State had a late surge in the second set and never fully relinquished control.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana volleyball will play in its third match in five days this Tuesday when it heads to No. 21 Purdue for a mid-week match with the Boilermakers at 8 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers will remain on the road on Satuday, Oct. 22 for a 6:30 p.m. ET B1G contest at No. 10-ranked Michigan State.
A LOOK AT THE BOILERMAKERS
The Boilermakers are currently 13-6 on the season and 4-4 in the Big Ten after picking up a pair of wins last weekend at Iowa and No. 8 Nebraska. Purdue’s Val Nichol was named this week’s B1G Player of the Week and currently leads the team in kills (180) and assists (422). As a team, the Boilermakers rank sixth in the B1G in kills per set (13.20) and hitting percentage (.239) and fifth in blocks per set (2.57) and service aces per set (1.30)
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
The Spartans will play Michigan on Wednesday, Oct. 23 before hosting the Hoosiers on Saturday. MSU currently sits at 17-3 (6-1) and went 0-2 last weekend with a losses at Minnesot and Wisconsin. Lauren Wicinski’s 4.54 kills per set paces the Spartans as do her 370.0 points and her 313 kills on the year. The Spartans are hitting .262 on the year, fourth in the Big Ten, and are tied for fourth with 12.60 assists per set. Their 2.59 blocks per set is fourth-best, and the Spartans’ 1.70 aces per set paces the Big Ten Conference.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana went 0-2 last weekend after dropping a pair of matches on the road at No. 8 Nebraska and Iowa.
The Hoosiers opened the weekend with a 3-0 loss to the Huskers. Junior Morgan Leach paced the Hoosiers’ attack with 10 kills and hit at a .500 clip in the match, while Jordan Haverly contributed with seven kills and 12 digs for Indiana.
In Iowa City, Indiana battled back after dropping the first two sets to force a match-dediciding fifth, but the Hawkeyes would prevail after closing out the fifth set, 16-14. Leach set a career-high with 20 kills on 37 swings (.378) to surpass her previous best of 18 set against Wisconsin on Sept. 28, 2013. Haverly tallied four service aces and added eight kills and 18 digs, while Awale Nwaeze terminated nine with four block assists and two solos.
LEACH HITS CAREER-BEST
Junior Morgan Leach recorded 20 kills on 37 swings (.378) to set a career single-match best in kills. Her previous mark was 18 terminations against Wisconsin on Sept. 28, 2013.
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 1,543 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 154 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 963 career digs and is just 37 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 3.77 digs per set through eight matches of conference play, a mark that ranks sixth in the Big Ten through four weeks of conference action. The senior upped her level of play for the Big Ten slate, as she averaged 4.23 digs per set during the non-conference slate, good for third-best in the B1G.
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 blocks (56) and is second in kills (169) and points (213.5). 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 .256 thus far in 2013.
Leach has 194 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.