Volleyball swept in straight sets

BY DI STAFF | SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 5:00 AM

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The Iowa women’s volleyball team lost to No. 8 Nebraska 3-0 in Lincoln on Wednesday.

The Hawkeyes dropped three-straight sets, 25-18, 25-13, and 31-29. Iowa is now 8-4 on the season and 0-21 in the series against Nebraska.

The Huskers out hit Iowa in the first two sets, .417-.344 and .429-.040.

Although the first two sets were uneven, the Hawkeyes battled in the third set, forcing Nebraska to a 24-23 set point. Midway through the third, Iowa freshman Michelle Fugarino served a 5-0 run to give the Hawkeyes a 16-15 lead, but the Hawkeyes couldn’t capitalize on her streak.  

Iowa forced three set points, and the set featured 16 ties and seven lead changes, but the Hawkeyes were unable to close the door on Nebraska and force a fourth set, despite out hitting the Huskers .259-.194.

“You get in those tight match moments, you’re out of subs and time-outs, and you have to dig deep and find something,” head coach Bond Shymansky said in a release.

No Hawkeye had double-digit kills, and the Hawks managed just 36 compared with Nebraska’s 48. Iowa continued to rely on seniors Alessandra Dietz and Alex Lovell, who led the team with 8 and 9 kills, respectively.

 The Hawkeyes will play Nebraska again at home on Saturday with first serve set for 7 p.m.

— by Ian Murphy

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