Iowa volleyball's losing streak at 11

BY DI STAFF | NOVEMBER 14, 2011 7:20 AM

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The Iowa volleyball team fell, 2-3, to Indiana on Nov. 12, (25-21, 25-18, 18-25, 20-25, 9-15). The Hawkeyes (11-18, 1-15) have fallen into an 11-game losing streak since their last victory, which came against the Hoosiers on Oct. 7.

Iowa has started well in its last two games, and jumped out to 2-0 leads against both Indiana and No. 10 Purdue on Nov. 10.

The Black and Gold dominated in the first set against the Hoosiers, with seven multi-point runs and 11 kills. Iowa started strong in the second set and rallied toward set point with a 24-13 lead.

But the Hawkeyes started to unravel when the Hoosiers used a five-point run to pull within striking distance, 24-18, before Iowa could clinch the set.

"We played very immature volleyball, beginning in the second set," head coach Sharon Dingman said in a release. "We need to grow up fast and learn how to finish these matches.

"It's disappointing."

Indiana out-hit Iowa by at least .04 in each of the last three sets. The Hoosiers gathered 43 kills compared to Iowa's 26 spikes over the stretch.

Iowa never took the lead in the fifth set, allowing Indiana to clinch the match and find its first conference win.

The Hawkeyes and Hoosiers now have identical 1-15 conference records.

— by Molly Irene Olmstead

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