Volleyball falls to Minnesota

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 16, 2009 7:22 AM

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The Iowa volleyball team (12-16, 4-12) was swept, 3-0, by No. 13 Minnesota (20-7, 11-4) at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Nov. 13.

It was the second-straight game the Hawkeyes played without starters Mara Hilgenberg and Aimee Huffman, both of whom were out with illnesses.

Sophomore middle blocker Mallory Husz had 10 kills, and Paige Stevens dished 23 assists and had a career-high 11 digs for the Hawkeyes.

Minnesota, ranked third in the Big Ten in hitting percentage, hit well-above its season average of .256 with an attacking percentage of .336 while holding the Hawkeyes to .151.

In the first set and second sets, the Golden Gophers got out to an early lead and took 2-0 match edge by easily winning both sets, 25-13.

In the third set, Iowa opened with an early 5-0 lead.

After the Hawkeyes took a 13-8 edge, the Golden Gophers called a time-out. A 10-5 run by Minnesota saw the Gophers tie up the set, 18-18.

The two teams then traded points before the Hawkeyes found themselves in a 24-22 hole.

Iowa battled back to tied the game up, 25-25, but Minnesota forced two Hawkeyes errors and used a kill to take the final set, 28-26, and the match, 3-0.

— by Evelyn Lau

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