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Iowa Olympic Sports Roundup: Field Hockey trends downwards, Volleyball gets off to a slow start in conference play

You probably shouldn’t read this if you’re depressed about Matt VandeBerg

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It’s been a tough few days for Hawkeye sports.

So. Zero of Iowa’s non-rev teams in action this weekend won. Not a match, not a game, not a meet — nothing but one lowly set in a volleyball game against Michigan.

With that, I’ll make this quicker than usual because you’re already sad, and there’s no reason to make you more sad on top of that.

Cross Country

The Hawkeye men and women traveled up to Minneapolis and competed in the Roy Griak Invitational. The highest finisher on the men’s side (8,000m) was Ben Anderson with a time of 25:50, while Tess Wilberding — whose name is one of the only non-sad thing about the Hawks today — led the women (6,000m), clocking in at 23:23.

The women finished 24th of 34 and the men took 15th of 29. Iowa next competes at Saturday’s NCAA Regional Preview, which happens to be the penultimate meet in Iowa City this season — the NCAA Regional, logically, is the other.

Field Hockey

Just when I thought Hawkeye field hockey might turn the corner Friday against No. 6 Maryland, it gave up three goals in the second half to fall 4-2 to the Terps. Things got worse Sunday against unranked Rutgers (LEAVE THE BIG TEN) when Iowa fell by a score of 2-1.

The Hawks hit the road this weekend, taking on Indiana Friday and Louisville Sunday. A pair of wins means Iowa goes four games over .500 and beats two of the country’s better programs, and a pair of losses means, well, more disappointment. Thank you, Gary Barta.


The Dave DiIanni-led soccer team didn’t score a goal over the weekend. This is getting hard to write. They play Purdue Friday.


Iowa volleyball, the focus of last week’s Olympic Roundup, did very not good to kick off conference play, winning one set in two matches against Michigan and Michigan State. After that, nothing.

Maryland comes to town Wednesday evening in a game you can watch on BTN Plus at 7 p.m. I believe that’s free if you’re on campus wifi, so all of you lucky enough to be students have no excuse not to watch. Unless you’re at Micky’s trivia. Purdue (I’m assuming we hate them for volleyball too) is in town Friday evening.