Hawkeye volleyball collapses down stretch

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 11, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa volleyball team fell to No. 10 Purdue, 3-2, on Thursday night in the Hawkeyes' sixth five-set battle of the season.

The (25-22, 25-22, 15-25, 15-25, 6-15) loss pushed the Hawkeyes' losing streak to 10 games and their record to 11-17 (1-14 Big Ten).

Iowa dominated the first half of match and won the first two sets. The Hawkeyes out-hit the Boilermakers .136 to .120 in the first set and .043 to .027 in the second.

Freshmen Alex Lovell and Emily Yanny led the team in kills, racking up 16 and 11, respectively.

But Purdue's rallies proved troublesome for Iowa.

The third set was tied, 15-15, before the Boilermakers exploded with a 10-point run and stole the set, 25-15.

Iowa tallied a combined 25 kills in the first and second set, but could only manage 19 in the third and fourth sets while the Boilermakers smashed down 31.

Iowa put down five kills to Purdue's eight in the final set.

"We have to be able to kill the ball to stop long rallies," head coach Sharon Dingman said in a release. "We get into situations where we should be able to finish an attack, but the ball got away from us.The first two sets went well, but Purdue was the better team the last three sets."

The Hawkeyes return to action on Saturday to take on Indiana (8-18, 0-13) at 6 p.m. in Bloomington.

— by Molly Irene Olmstead

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