Volleyball set to open spring schedule

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa volleyball team will open its spring season at home Saturday but in unfamiliar surroundings. The Hawkeyes will be in the Field House South Gym when they face Truman State at 2 p.m. and Western Illinois at 4 p.m. Admission is free for both matches.

The move comes because of the renovations at Carver-Hawkeye Arena, which will force all teams that usually play in the campus’ largest indoor arena to find other sites until the renovations are completed. Carver-Hawkeye is scheduled to reopen in August.

Iowa’s squad will look different from what it did in the fall, when the team posted an underwhelming 7-22 record, including just two wins in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes will now have to play without last year’s best middle blocker, Becky Walters, who set a modern-day team record for aces last year with 41. Walters was the team’s only senior last season.

Iowa’s spring schedule will also take the team to Madison, Wis., and Minneapolis for tournaments, as well as to Indiana for a match against Valparaiso.

— by Ian Martin

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