Hawkeye volleyball splits weekend 1-2 at Marquette Invitational


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The Hawkeyes wrapped up their nonconference schedule at the Marquette Invitational with a 1-2 record on the weekend.

The event saw Iowa compete against two NCAA Tournament teams from last year in Marquette and Milwaukee. Iowa closed the tournament with a loss against the host team in three-straight sets (25-18, 25-14, 25-18).

Marquette showed its experience by out-hitting the Hawkeyes. Iowa started off well in the first set, hitting .303. But in the second set, the Hawkeyes managed a woeful -.057 and couldn’t rebound in the third set, in which they hit .175.

Junior Nikki Dailey led Iowa with her seventh-straight double-double (30 assists and 12 digs). Freshman Erin Radke had the most kills in the match with 12, and Bethany Yeager led the defense with 15 digs.

On Sept. 14, Iowa defeated Milwaukee in a five-set match (25-23, 25-21, 12-25, 17-25, 15-12).
“Milwaukee is a great team,” head coach Sharon Dingman said in a release. “They have been to the NCAA Tournament many times. That is a team that is going to win 28 to 30 matches almost every single year. That is a great win for our program.”

Yeager led the Hawkeyes with a team-high 21 digs.  Setter Nikki Dailey (35 assists and 16 digs) and outside hitter Alex Lovell (21 kills and 14 digs) both recorded double-doubles in the win.

The Hawkeyes started off their weekend with a 3-1 (25-17-, 25-19, 24-26, 25-22) loss against the Pacific Tigers. In the two teams first-ever meeting, Iowa was unable to recover from a 2-0 set deficit. The Hawkeyes struggled to hit the ball with a subpar .145 hitting percentage. Pacific’s Megan Birch paced her squad with match-high 20 kills. Lovell had 18 kills against the Tigers, while team captain Bethany Yeager registered a match-high 28 digs.

Yeager was the lone Hawkeye named to the all-tournament team. She finished the weekend with 64 digs; she now ranks seventh in Iowa history with 1,263.                  

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