IOWA CITY, Iowa — The University of Iowa volleyball team (3-1, 0-0) fell to the Colorado Buffaloes (3-1, 0-0), 3-0 on Friday night in the first day of the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
HEAR FROM COACH BROWN
“I thought our outside hitter and senior captain Meghan Buzzerio did a good job of maintaining her pass, serve, and attack. She led us with 13 kills. We threw Kyndra Hansen in the second set and its not always easy for a freshman to come in and connect with the team, but she did a good job and made some good offensive and defensive plays. We asked Courtney Buzzerio to come in and step up. We knew they were going to be fighting outside, so I thought she did a good job finding the ball and getting into a rhythm.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (25-22) | Iowa spotted Colorado early in the first set, trailing 1-4 before sophomore Hannah Clayton earned Iowa’s first kill of the night. Clayton added a season-high 9 kills. The Hawkeyes struggled to close within three points of Colorado’s lead, but after back-to-back kills from Meghan Buzzerio, Iowa trailed 19-20. Following a Colorado timeout, the Buffaloes scored two quick kills to gain separation and take the first set.
SET 2 (25-20) | Iowa and Colorado traded leads in the second, but a quick rally by Colorado gave them a five-point lead at 7-12. Iowa tried to get the lead back with a flurry of kills by Courtney Buzzerio, Meghan Buzzerio, and Clayton, but after a timeout by Colorado, the Buffaloes extended their lead. Iowa couldn’t keep up and dropped the second set.
SET 3 (25-23) | Iowa gave it everything it had in the third set, not letting Colorado gain more than a three-point advantage. A kill by Courtney Buzzerio gave Iowa its first lead of the night at 11-10 and the Hawkeyes extended their lead to 14-11, but a Colorado timeout shifted momentum the other way. With the score knotted at 21, a block by Colorado gave it the lead and the Buffaloes never relinquished it, taking the last set 25-23.
- Freshman Kyndra Hansen set a career-high with two kills.
- Junior Halle Johnston tallied a career-high 25 digs.
- Junior Brie Orr added a season-high three block assists.
Iowa concludes the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge tomorrow against No. 16 Washington at 7 p.m. (CT). Fans can bring their ticket from the Iowa vs. Rutgers football game for free admission.