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Iowa Olympic Sports: Volleyball back in the W column, Field hockey headed to Big Tens

Soccer season is over, and hey, look! Swimming!

The Daily Iowan/Ting Xuan

It’s finally getting to postseason time and we have a new sport to add into the mix — talk about having ourselves a Tuesday in non-revenue land!

While Kirk Ferentz was off doing whatever it is he does during bye weeks and his players got to be ‘regular’ college kids for three days, the other Hawkeye teams were in action. If you’re not a trend person and haven’t caught on by now, there were, again, mixed results.

Field Hockey

Again, Hawkeye field hockey gets the top spot this week due to coming back and mitigating disaster against Ohio State last Thursday. After falling into a 2-0 hole just over 20 minutes into the game, Iowa responded with goals from Chandler Ackers, Katie Birch, and Natalie Cafone — who finished the regular season as the Big Ten’s leading goal-scorer — to win the contest 3-2.

Goalie Alex Pecora and the Hawkeye defense kept 12 of 14 Buckeye shots out of the cage en route to the team’s fourth conference win and 12th overall. The Hawkeyes earned the No. 5 seed in the Big Ten Tournament, where they’ll meet fourth-seeded Northwestern Thursday in College Park, Maryland.

The Hawkeyes bested the Wildcats in mid-October with a 2-1 win in overtime. Thursday’s contest is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

Volleyball

After losing three-straight matches, Bond Shymansky and his squad went back to the good side of the W-L column with a pair of wins over Northwestern and Illinois in Carver over the weekend. Iowa beat the ‘Cats 3-1 Friday and Fighting Illini 3-2 Saturday to move to a crispy 17-7 overall and less-crispy, but still crispish, 7-5 in the Big Ten.

Rehgan Coyle led the way with 14 kills for the Hawkeyes in both matches, registering 14 against Northwestern and 18 against Illinois, which is a good sign in two big big bounce back wins after losing three-straight. Those numbers earned her Big Ten Player of the Week honors.

The Hawkeyes are scheduled to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey to take on basement-dwelling Rutgers Friday, before heading to Penn State Saturday at 3 p.m. The NIttany Lions are in fourth in the Big Ten and have lost three-consecutive matches.

Soccer

The Hawkeye soccer team lost its final match of the season last Wednesday 1-0 to Nebraska. Head coach Dave DiIanni’s squad failed to reach the Big Ten Tournament, finishing the season 8-11 overall with a 2-9 record in league play.

Seniors Bri Toelle and Karly Stuenkel finished tied for the team lead in points with 14. Sadness.

Swimming

The Hawkeye swimming and diving team was in competition for the first time since Oct. 8’s Intrasquad Meet over the weekend in Minneapolis. The dual didn’t go well for the Hawkeye men or women, each of which lost by scores of 185.5-113.5 and 186-114, respectively.

The Iowa women notched five individual victories, while the men only recorded one — a Kenneth Mende 200 backstroke victory, which he posted a 1:48.57.

Iowa next competes Thursday against North Dakota at home. That meet is scheduled for 5 p.m.

Cross Country

Yikes. The Hawkeyes competed at Big Tens Sunday, with the results being very, very ugly. The Iowa women finished 11th and the men finished 12th. Tess Wilberding led the Hawkeyes with a 47th place finish in the 6,000 meters, and Ben Anderson paced the men with a 54th place showing.

NCAA Regionals are scheduled for Nov. 11 at Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City. Hopefully that showing is not as ugly as Sunday’s.