COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Iowa volleyball team swept Ohio State, 3-0, on Saturday night at St. Johns Arena.
FIGHT FOR IOWA
Jess Janota tallied 12 kills, seven blocks, and a .579 attack percentage. This is her 12th match with double digits in kills and her 11th match with higher than a .400 attack percentage.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1 (25-23) | Trailing 18-17 after a tightly fought first set that featured 17 ties and five lead changes, a Janota kill sparked three consecutive Hawkeye points, giving Iowa a 20-18 lead. Meghan Buzzerio’s kill eventually clinched the 25-23 set victory and the 1-0 match advantage for the Hawkeyes.
Set 2 (25-23) | Set two saw more back and forth action with 16 ties and eight lead changes. Down 23-22, a Reghan Coyle kill and a block by Janota and Taylor Louis gave Iowa the lead en route to a 25-23 set win and a 2-0 match lead going into intermission.
Set 3 (25-18) | The Hawkeyes jumped out to an early advantage and never trailed, leading by as much as 22-13 before finishing the 25-18 set victory and the 3-0 match sweep. Louis led Iowa with four kills.
HEAR FROM COACH SHYMANSKY
“We responded great after last night. Kudos to our team. They found a way to bring it, and they did it for each other. That was fantastic. We knew Ohio State was going to play better than they did at Carver. They were a little cleaner, a little sharper, and they attacked well on the outside. We really did a great job of executing and precision serving there in the third set. Unbelievable blocking night for us with 15 blocks in three sets. That’s definitely an average high, five a set. We haven’t done that all year. A really great overall team performance. What really anchored it was our passing. The passing was phenomenal. Great job by Annika Olsen, our senior, Molly Kelly, and Claire Sheehan with the passing.”
· With the win tonight and the win over OSU on Nov. 11, the Hawkeyes have defeated the Buckeyes twice in a season for the first time since 2000 (two wins by forfeit).
· The Hawkeyes had a season-high 15 blocks.
· Annika Olsen recorded 18 digs, marking her 28th match with double digits in digs.
· Brie Orr had 33 assists. She now has 22 matches with 30-or-more assists.
· Claire Sheehan registered 10 kills. This is her 12th match with double-digit kills.
Iowa travels to Illinois on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. (CT) matchup with the Fighting Illini.
· Iowa: 18-13, 7-11 B1G
· Ohio State: 14-15, 7-11 B1G
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