VERMILLION, South Dakota – The University of Iowa volleyball team (4-2, 0-0) defeated the Wyoming Cowgirls (4-3, 0-0), 3-1 in the opening match of the South Dakota Tournament on Friday.
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (29-27) | The Hawkeyes opened up a two-point lead early, but allowed Wyoming to take the lead with a four-point run to take a 3-7 lead. The Hawkeyes trailed throughout most of the set and tied the set briefly at 16 after a kill by sophomore Courtney Buzzerio, but fell behind again until the final points of the set. Iowa rallied a three-point run to tied the set at 25 and battle back and forth, but an ace from Wyoming sealed the first set in the Cowgirls’ favor.
SET 2 (25-18) | The Hawkeyes returned to form in the second set, hitting .412 as a team. After spotting Wyoming an early lead, Iowa went on a five-point run to take control of the set. The Hawkeyes forced Wyoming to burn both timeouts before the 15th point. Iowa called a timeout leading 19-17, but rallied to win the set easily with service aces by sophomore Amiya Jones on two of Iowa’s last three points.
SET 3 (25-22) | The Hawkeyes led wire-to-wire in the third set, starting on a 7-3 run. Iowa had another efficient set, hitting .393 and taking the edge in blocks, 4-2. Wyoming attempted to inch its way back into the set, but Meghan Buzzerio continually closed the Cowgirls’ window as she picked up seven kills in the set. A Wyoming service error gave Iowa its second set victory of the match.
SET 4 (25-23) | The story of the fourth set was the Hawkeyes fighting back after falling behind early. Kills from Meghan Buzzerio and Jones brought Iowa within two points, but Wyoming continued to keep the Hawkeyes off the lead. Junior Brie Orr tied the set at 20 after an ace but errors from both teams allowed Wyoming to fall behind again. Without room for error, Courtney Buzzerio stepped up to deliver two kills and tied the set at 23. A Jones and Meghan Buzzerio block gave Iowa its 24th point and a Johnston ace sealed the victory in Iowa’s favor.
- Sophomore Courtney Buzzerio earned her team-leading 10th ace of the season.
- Courtney Buzzerio recorded a career-high 15 kills.
- Iowa hit .412 in the second set.
- Iowa owned the service ace battle, 8-6.
- Amiya Jones notched a career-high two aces.
- Junior Halle Johnston tallied a career-high 31 digs.
VERMILLION, South Dakota — The University of Iowa volleyball team (5-2, 0-0) defeated UC Davis (5-4, 0-0), 3-1 in the team’s second match of the day inside the Sanford Sports Center on Friday.
HEAR FROM COACH BROWN
“This is a good tournament because it challenges us starting off the day and finishing strong with little time in between. We worked hard on our itinerary to make sure the players had time and they weren’t exhausted going into our second match of the day. There were sluggish starts in both matches today, but that’s part of the fight and as we grow, more teams will have information on us. We executed when we needed to and we found our rhythm.”
HOW IT HAPPENED
SET 1 (25-14) | Iowa and UC Davis came out the gates evenly matched. Both teams sustained long rallies early on, testing each other until the first team broke. Tied 6-6, junior Griere Hughes delivered a powerful kill across the court that sparked a rally for the Hawkeyes. Iowa forced two quick timeouts from the Aggies and Iowa’s lead extended to 20-10 before a short-lasted comeback attempt from UC Davis. Freshman Kyndra Hansen took over for Iowa’s final three points with two kills and a block to seal the first-set victory.
SET 2 (25-18) | The Hawkeyes had a rough second set. They allowed UC Davis to get out to an early 12-6 lead while attack and service errors stalled the Hawkeye attack. Iowa made a brief run to make the score 23-18, but an Aggie kill and ace tied the match at one set each.
SET 3 (25-15) | Iowa regained its focus for the third set. An ace and block from sophomore Amiya Jones forced a timeout as the Hawkeyes refused to give up ground the rest of the set. Junior Brie Orr kept the Aggies on their toes with multiple dumps into the open zones in their defense.
SET 4 (25-12) | The Hawkeyes opened a quick 3-0 lead in the fourth set and continued to put the pressure on UC Davis, forcing more errors and extending their lead further. After a block by Jones and Orr, UC Davis called its second timeout of the set, trailing 11-4. Iowa remained focused and won the fourth set easily, 25-12.
- UC Davis’ .043 attack percentage is the lowest against Iowa since the Hawkeye held Belmont to a .040 attack percentage on Aug. 26, 2018.
The Hawkeyes finish the South Dakota Tournament tomorrow night against South Dakota at 6:30 p.m. (CT). Live stats and live stream links are available on the team’s schedule page at hawkeyesports.com