Hoosiers Close Out 2013 with No. 20 Purdue, No. 24 Michigan
Nov. 26, 2013
Indiana and Purdue meet for the second time this season after falling 3-0 on the road to the Boilermakers on Oct. 22. Purdue is currently 18-11 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten. Purdue's Val Nichol leads the Boilermakers in both kills (300) and assists (660) so far this season, while Carly Cramer paces her squad with 413 digs.
The Michigan Wolverines sit at 7-11 in conference play and 17-12 overall and play the Hoosiers for the first time this season. Lexi Erwin leads the Wolverines' attack with a team-high 340 kills, while teammate Jennifer Cross is hitting .316 on the season on 732 attempts. Tiffany Morales paces U-M with 437 digs, while Lexi Dannemiller ranks fourth in the B1G with 10.88 assists per set.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers dropped a pair of home matches last weekend, falling in contests to Iowa (3-2) and No. 6 Nebraska (3-0).
Indiana competed in its sixth five-set match of the year and its second with the Hawkeyes this season last Friday at U-Gym, falling 16-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-14, 10-15. After trailing 2-0 in the contest, the Hoosiers bounced back taking the next two games including a 25-14 taking of set four, but IU couldn't find a way to close it out as the Hoosiers fell 15-10 in the fifth.
Awele Nwaeze was one of three Hoosiers with double-digit kills, terminating 12 in the match, and racked up a career-high eight blocks in the contest to help Indiana achieve a season-high 12.0 total blocks. Jordan Haverly posted a 13-kill performance with eight digs, while Morgan Leach added 12 kills and a pair of block assists. Jazzmine McDonald also helped Indiana on the attack with her eight kills and three blocks and Amelia Anderson tallied nine kills and four block assists. Setters Megan Tallman and Katie Gallagher dished out 30 and 28 assists, respectively, and Caitlin Hansen paced the Cream and Crimson with 22 digs on the night.
On Saturday, Indiana fell in straight sets to Nebraska, 25-22, 25-21, 25-11. The Hoosiers battled in the first two frames, and built themselves an 18-12 lead in set two, but the Huskers found a way to escape Bloomington with the victory.
Nwaeze tallied nine kills at a .263 clip and posted three blocks, while Haverly added nine kills with five digs and an ace. Anderson terminated eight in the contest and recorded a pair of block assists, while Leach earned six kills with a block on the night. Lebo led IU with her 11 digs in the contest and Tallman paced the Hoosiers with 17 assists.
MONON SPIKE ON THE LINE
Wednesday's match with Purdue is designated as the annual Monon Spike match with the winner of the contest claiming the traveling trophy "Spike" for the 2013-14 school year. The trophy consists of a portion of a railroad tie with a bronzed spike driven through it. From the spike hang bronze letters of the winning school. A "P" or an "I" link is added to the chain of letters annually, signifying the victor of the season's second match between Purdue and Indiana, with letters dating back to 1975.
HAVERLY SETS PROGRAM MILESTONE
Jordan Haverly became the fist Hoosier in program history to surpass 1,500 kills and 1,000 digs in a career with her 13th dig agaisnt Northwestern on Nov. 17. She has now amassed 1,019 digs during her tenure, good for eighth in the program record books.
She became the fifth Hoosier all-time to surpass 1,500 career kills with her first kill of the night at Wisconsin. Her 1,649 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 260 kills and is one of four 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.
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.
Last weekend, Hansen tallied 28 digs to push her career total to 1,233 which ranks fifth all-time in program history. This season, Hansen has recoreded 398 digs with an average of 3.75 digs per set, good for seventh in the Big Ten.
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 (80) and is third in kills (225) and second in points (286.0). The sophomore transferred in from Miami (FL) and has fit well into the Hoosiers' lineup this fall. 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 .245 thus far in 2013.
Leach has 288 kills to lead the team in 2013 and is one of four 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 14 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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