IOWA CITY, Iowa -- In front of a program-record 4,729 fans, the University of Iowa volleyball fell, 3-0, to No. 4 Nebraska at Carver-Hawkeye Arena on Saturday night.
FIGHT FOR IOWA
Brie Orr recorded her second double-double of the season with 25 assists and 10 digs. The freshman chipped in five kills as well.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Set 1 (18-25) | With the score tied 11-11 after trading points to open the set, the fourth-ranked Cornhuskers seized momentum and control of the set en route to a 1-0 match lead. Taylor Louis led Iowa with six kills and two blocks.
Set 2 (17-25) | The Cornhuskers jumped out to an early 12-6 advantage. The Hawkeyes responded with a 6-2 run, cutting Nebraska's lead to 14-12, but the Cornhuskers eventually clinched the set victory. Claire Sheehan and Louis both recorded three kills.
Set 3 (20-25) | Nebraska took an early lead, but back-to-back kills by Reghan Coyle sparked a 6-2 Hawkeye run, knotting the match at 12-12. With the score tied again at 15-15, Nebraska used three consecutive points to take the lead before securing set and the match victory.
HEAR FROM COACH SHYMANSKY
"We are so appreciative of all the Hawkeye fans coming out and supporting us, like true Hawkeyes do, and cheering for us all the way until the end. We blew through the attendance record, and so much effort went into it from our marketing group, the whole staff, the team getting out there. They did a great job promoting us at the football game today and we really appreciate it. We want our Hawkeye fans to be proud of who our women are out there competing and what we're giving. We want all our fans to come back. We need them because they add to the environment and our intensity."
"I thought we competed well at the beginning. We had some good intensity, but Nebraska showed why they are No. 4 in the country and at the top of the Big Ten. They are very efficient. We had too many errors and took ourselves out of each set and you could see it. That is part of the climb for us, part of the mission for True Mental Toughness. I love our group and we knew that it would be tough getting through this stretch in the beginning, where we play the top four teams in the first six matches. We came out 2-4 in league play, so we're not in bad shape, but we need to be in great shape. In order to do that, we need to work harder. We have a short turn around this week. We go to Indiana Wednesday, and that's a huge match for us. Then we go to Minnesota. We just played them a week ago and now we go to their place. I know that we're hungry to go out there and compete hard in Bloomington and take a W from the Hoosiers."
The Hawkeyes travel to Indiana on Wednesday for their second mid-week matchup. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. (CT).