IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to the seventh-ranked Wisconsin Badgers on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Set 2 (22-25) | Iowa jumped ahead early, but Wisconsin responded and took a 21-15 lead. The Hawkeyes rallied with a 7-2 run, but the comeback was cut short as Wisconsin secured the set victory.
Set 3 (17-25) | Wisconsin took an early lead and eventually secured the match win. Louis led the Hawkeyes with six kills.
HEAR FROM COACH SHYMANSKY
“We didn’t play well, and that’s a credit to them. They kept us from playing very well. I just don’t think we were sharp. We were shaky out of the gate with first contact. Once we righted the ship, I thought we played pretty well in the first set, but we weren’t hitting very efficiently. In the second set, we were really in system a lot. Our passing was great and our serving was really good, we just were not terminating. I thought Wisconsin did a really good job of putting balls back up and getting legitimate swings back at us, and we just weren’t prepared for how to defend that.”
“This is all part of the growth process for our program. We feel like we’re right on the cusp here of taking off and really knocking out the top teams in our league. We have to do it at home. This is the time where our intensity and energy should really lead the way. Tomorrow we have to come out and take on the third-ranked Gophers and see if we can knock them down at 7:00 o’clock here in Carver.”
- Annika Olsen recorded 12 digs. This is her 14th match of the season with double-digit digs.
- Claire Sheehan tallied a personal-best 11 digs.
- Louis had 12 kills, marking her 12th match this season with double-digit kills. She also registered a career-high eight digs.
- 2,169 Hawkeye fans attended the match, a mark which ranks No. 11 in single-match attendance.
The Hawkeyes face No. 3 Minnesota on Saturday night at 7 p.m. (CT) in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. The match is a White Out, and the first 1,000 fans will receive a White Out t-shirt.