Volleyball Embarks On Final Trip Of 2013 Regular Season
Nov. 13, 2013
The Hoosiers will take on Illinois for the second time in 2013. The two squads previously met on Oct. 12, 2013 at University Gymnasium in Bloomington, where IU dropped a 3-0 match with the Illini. Illinois is currently 12-12 on the year and 8-6 in the Big Ten after taking down No. 17 Michigan and No. 13 Michigan State last weekend. Jocelynn Birks leads the Illini attack with 369 kills and ranks fifth in B1G play with 3.96 kills per set. Jennifer Beltran is fourth in Big Ten matches with her 4.11 digs per set and has amassed 392 on the season.
Indiana will play on a Sunday for the first time since the 2011 season when they take on Northwestern Nov. 17. at 1 p.m. Northwestern is now 14-12 (6-8 B1G) and will host Purdue on Friday before welcoming the Hoosiers to Welsh-Ryan Arena on Sunday. Indiana hosted Northwestern back on Oct. 11 where the Cream and Crimson were defeated in five sets at U-Gym. Stephanie Holthus highlights the Wildcats' offense with 419 kills on the season. Her 4.05 kills per set in conference matches ranks fourth and her 4.39 points per set is fifth in Big Ten only matches.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers were on the road last weekend where they dropped a pair of matches to Ohio State and No. 2 Penn State.
Against the Buckeyes, the Hoosiers fell 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20). Amelia Anderson and Morgan Leach paced the Hoosiers with seven kills apiece. Allison Hammond recorded a career-high six kills against the Buckeyes, while Jordan Haverly and Chante George added five kills apiece. Caitlin Hansen had eight digs on the night, while Megan Tallman tallied 30 assists.
A very tough Penn State closed Indiana's weekend with a 3-0 setback (25-16, 25-12, 25-11). Jordan Haverly led Indiana with eight kills on the night, including five in the opening set, while Awele Nwaeze added six terminations and a block assist and Morgan Leach recorded six kills for the Hoosiers. Megan Tallmen handed out 24 assists and Caitlin Hansen recorded a team-high 13 digs.
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 1,607 career kills are the seventh most among active players nationally and the third-most in IU program history. 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 218 kills and is one of three Hoosiers with more than 200 terminations. The Cherry Hill, Ill., is second on the IU squad in kills, no longer having to carry as much of the burden.
Haverly has 982 career digs and is just 18 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.
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 (74) and is third in kills (205) and second in points (261.0). 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 .243 thus far in 2013.
Leach has 247 kills to lead the team in 2013 and is one of three Hoosiers with 200+ 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.
Leach hit a career-high 20 kills on 37 swings (.378) this season, surpassing her previous mark of 18 terminations against Wisconsin on Sept. 28, 2013. On the season, the junior has reached atleast 10 kills in 12 matches, the most of any Hoosier this season.
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.
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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 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.
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