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Olympic Sports Roundup: Iowa Volleyball dominates again, Soccer struggles, and more

Some good, some bad. Sadly, more of the second one

The Daily Iowan/Ting Xuan Tan

Well, let’s hope every weekend in Hawkeye land isn’t like the one that most recently finished up. I’m not necessarily what some would call an optimistic Iowa fan, but because John waxed poetic all over us yesterday morning, things are better in the household.

*Ignores Bears game*

Onto the non-revenue teams.

Volleyball

We’ll begin with volleyball this week because the Hawkeyes went 2-0 over the weekend, downing Lamar and South Dakota in the Iowa Invitational, which to remind you, is different than the Hawkeye Classic, which the Hawkeyes also won. Iowa’s now at 10-2 on the year.

Both victories were of the 3-0 variety, which is good because anything else would’ve been cause for concern. Setter Loxley Keala led the way in both matches with 76 apples (who let Buccigross in here?) combined, and Lauren Brobst had the high-water mark for kills on the weekend with 11 against South Dakota.

Iowa finally begins conference play over the weekend with matches scheduled at Michigan State on Friday and at Michigan Saturday. In case you didn’t know (I didn’t), East Lansing is one hour and five minutes from Ann Arbor.

Field Hockey

Head coach Lisa Cellucci’s crew gets the No. 2 spot this weekend with a 1-1 record, losing to Penn State Friday and beating Ball State Sunday. Unfortunately, the Hawks were this close to winning both contests, but a second-half meltdown Friday against the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions prohibited that from happening.

Sophie Plasteras, Katie Birch, and Natalie Cafone netted goals in the first half Friday, but four unanswered (ugh) proved too much to overcome for the Hawkeyes. Luckily Ball State was nice enough to be Ball State and provide Iowa with redemption — the same trio, plus Chandler Ackers, scored to push the Hawks to 6-2 on the year.

No. 7 Maryland (Friday) and Rutgers (Sunday) come to town this weekend to face the Hawkeyes. Put lightly, Friday’s game would be a huge win.

Soccer

Welp, this was a tough one for the Hawkeyes, no getting around it. A 1-0 loss to Michigan Friday and 1-0 loss to Michigan State Sunday is just no fun any way you slice it. The Wolverines peppered the Iowa net with 21 shots, and the Hawkeyes did the same to the Spartans, outshooting them 19-7.

Unfortunately — at least in this instance — goals are what counts, and shots aren’t. Keeper Claire Graves made 12 stops between the two games, and her team wasn’t able to pull through. The Hawks are 0-2 in conference play and 6-4 overall. The poor start to league games continues the theme for Iowa soccer last season — poor conference play.

Hopefully Dave DiIanni can right that ship this weekend at Penn State and Ohio State on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

Women’s Golf

We haven’t spoken since the culmination of the Red Raider Invitational last Tuesday, in which the Hawkeyes tied for sixth place with Santa Clara, carding a +43 score in the 54-hole tournament.

Jessica Ip finished second overall in the tournament with a score of (-1). That’s really, really awesome. She went 71, 74, 70 in the two day tournament, and is far and away the best golfer on Iowa’s roster.

The Hawks next compete Sept. 26-28 at the GolfWeek Conference Challenge in Vail, Colorado. Any spots for your boy on that trip?