MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Iowa volleyball team (9-20, 3-15) fell to No. 7 Minnesota (20-5, 14-3) in three sets on Saturday night inside Maturi Pavilion.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (25-14) | Iowa dropped the first three points of the match, forcing the Hawkeyes to play from behind. Junior Griere Hughes registered Iowa’s first two kills but was limited for the rest of set to only one more kill. Iowa called its first timeout of the set down 18-11 in an attempt to halt Minnesota’s momentum, but the Gophers secured the match’s first set.
SET 2 (25-19) | Iowa got off to a stronger start in the second taking its first lead of the match at 4-3 thanks to a service ace from freshman Emma Lowes. Back-to-back kills from sophomore Courtney Buzzerio gave Iowa its largest lead of the set at 9-6. Iowa held onto a four-point lead until a Gopher run brought them within one and Iowa called a timeout. Minnesota shifted the momentum out of the timeout, overtaking the lead and forcing Iowa’s second timeout while leading 20-17. The Hawkeyes were able to muster two more points, while Minnesota took set two, 25-19.
SET 3 (25-22) | The Hawkeyes allowed Minnesota to gain the advantage to begin the third set and Iowa called a quick first timeout, trailing 9-3. The Hawkeyes found their footing, briefly, as the team went on a 4-0 run that included freshman Edina Schmidt’s seventh ace of the season. Minnesota responded with two straight kills and Iowa still trailed 15-10. With Minnesota closing in on victory, the Hawkeyes didn’t give up easily with freshman Blythe Rients adding a kill and block. However, it wasn’t enough and Iowa fell 25-22.
- Freshman Edina Schmidt earned her seventh ace of the season in the third set.
Iowa closes the 2019 regular season next weekend against Ohio State on Friday and Maryland on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. (CT).