Volleyball snaps out of slump

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 15, 2010 7:20 AM

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Iowa volleyball finally ended its 12-game losing streak Nov. 13 with a shocking win against No. 16 Michigan in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.

After falling to Michigan State 3-0 on Nov. 12, it appeared that Nov. 13 would end in similar fashion after Iowa lost the first set to the Wolverines, 25-20. But the Hawkeyes (7-18, 2-14) came back to win three-straight close frames over Michigan (21-7, 10-6) taking the sets 25-23, 25-22, 25-23.

The match also snapped the team's streak of 21-straight sets lost, a mark that dated to Oct. 22.
Much of what Iowa had been working on for the season began to mesh in the second set, and the evening turned into one of the team's best statistical nights.

Freshman Rachael Bedell and senior Becky Walters both had 11 kills in the match, and junior Mallory Husz — who was held out of the first set due to concerns over a shoulder injury — contributed nine kills.

After the game, players were beyond ecstatic at finally getting a W.

"I forgot what it feels like to win," Walters said after the game. "It just felt right tonight."

— by Ian Martin

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