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Iowa beats Northern Illinois, loses to rival Cyclones | KTIC Radio

Iowa beats Northern Illinois, loses to rival Cyclones

Iowa beats Northern Illinois, loses to rival Cyclones

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team swept Northern Illinois, 3-0, on Friday afternoon at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in the opening match of the Iowa Invitational.

FIGHT FOR IOWA
Freshman Claire Sheehan racked up a personal-best seven kills, a career-high .438 attack percentage, three aces, five digs, and a block for Iowa.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1 (25-15) | After a back-and-forth start to the set, the Hawkeyes found their rhythm. The score was knotted at 14-14 when a Kelsey O’Neill kill sparked an 11-1 run, securing a 1-0 match lead for Iowa.

Set 2 (25-15) | Trailing 3-4, Iowa went on a 15-5 run to take the lead before clinching the set. Sheehan led the Hawkeyes with four kills and an ace.

Set 3 (25-11) | Iowa dominated set three, jumping out to an early lead before going on a 20-4 run. Back-to-back kills by Cali Hoyeand Meghan Buzzerio secured the match sweep for the Hawkeyes.

HEAR FROM COACH SHYMANSKY
“Great performance by our group this afternoon. We had a little bit of a slow start, but then we got it rolling and got our hitting efficiency to a .355 by the end. The best part is getting contribution from everybody. It’s really a good sign for us as a program when we can have people coming in and contributing and actually making a positive impact. I thought Taylin Alm did a fantastic job in the right side spot. Kasey Reuter came off the bench and sparked us in a good way. Claire Sheehan was good in that left side spot. Ashley Smith came off the bench and did some nice things for us in the back row. I liked the rhythm that our team established. I know that it was easy to be distracted for the Iowa State match tonight, but I thought we kept our focus really well.”

IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team battled hard in front of 3,136 Hawkeye faithful, but Iowa ultimately fell, 3-1, to Iowa Corn Cy-Hawk series foe No. 22 Iowa State on Friday night at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. This was the second-largest crowd in program history.

FIGHT FOR IOWA
Freshman Brie Orr had a double-double with 49 assists and 16 digs. She chipped in a kill and three blocks.

HOW IT HAPPENED
Sets 1 and 2 (19-25, 25-23) | After falling in the first set, the Hawkeyes bounced back to take set two. The second set went back and forth, featuring 11 ties and two lead changes before a kill from Reghan Coyle secured the set victory for the Hawkeyes.

Sets 3 and 4 (24-26, 28-30) | The final two sets were tight with a combined 17 ties and three lead changes, but the Cyclones pulled off extra-point wins in both sets to clinch the match. Sheehan had four kills in each set.

HEAR FROM COACH SHYMANSKY
“I like how our group rallied and battled. Credit Iowa State for sticking with it and battling on. Our young group just needs to learn. When we separated we just didn’t keep it that way to keep the focus. That’s on me as a coach. I have to work with our group and keep getting better at that. I love our team, love what we have going on. I think there is a lot of growth that’s happening in there. I’m definitely disappointed. Our group is disappointed. We need to be hungry to work harder. We are going to be in a lot of tight moments like that all season along with other great teams. We just need to take advantage and learn how to finish in those moments.”

“As Hawkeyes, and me as an Iowa alum, that match means a lot to us. We are really disappointed that we lost it. We are pledging to our Hawkeye fans, we had such a great crowd, but we are pledging to those fans that we are going to do it better. We are going to work hard. We are going to win, and we are going to make them proud. I think they are going to be really pleased with the growth of our group this season.”

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