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Hawkeyes open up Black and Gold World Series, Volleyball and Soccer notch upsets

A little bit of everything this week for the Hawkeyes.

Swing batta batta swing.
(Alex Kroeze/Daily Iowan)

It’s going to be quite a while before we get to see the Hawkeye baseball team in action again after this week’s Black and Gold World Series.

The games will start today (at 3:30 p.m.) and go through Friday. If either the Black or Gold teams win its first two games, they won’t play a third. Rubber matches only, people!

Rosters have yet to be announced.


IOWA CITY? MORE LIKE UPSET CITY.

Both the Iowa soccer and volleyball teams knocked off ranked opponents this weekend.

Volleyball got the party started with a 3-1 victory over No. 22 Michigan, 21-25, 25-22, 25-15, 25-21. Outside hitter Claire Sheehan had a tremendous game, tallying 11 kills and 20 digs.

Iowa did fall to No. 4 Nebraska on Sunday, but set an attendance record in Carver-Hawkeye in the process. It’s been a tough couple weeks for the Black and Gold, but they’ve also faced five-ranked opponents (four of them in the top-10).

Talk about running the gauntlet. Iowa’s now 13-6 (2-4) this season.

On the pitch the Hawkeyes are on a two-game win streak after downing No. 23 Rutgers 1-0 for their first Big Ten win of the season. Devin Burns sent a shot from 18 yards out in the 60th minute and broke the scoreless tie.

"I'd been running against the line a lot during the game," Burns told HawkeyeSports. "I saw my chance, I took the shot, and it went in.”

Kaleigh Haus had the assist on the play.

The shot:

Snuck it in the top corner and BANG Iowa has the win and the lead. Nicely done.

The Hawkeyes then got another much needed victory, as they took care of Maryland 4-0 at home. Iowa is now 7-5-1 (2-3-1) on the year.

Here’s what the table looks like right now:

Currently sitting 10th, the Hawkeyes need to move into at least the eighth spot for an opportunity to play in the Big Ten soccer tournament. It did not help Iowa got just a single point last weekend against Michigan and Michigan State.

Iowa has Indiana on Thursday and then Purdue on Sunday. Two wins (or even a win and a tie) would go a long, long ways toward helping their postseason chances. Nebraska, Wisconsin and Illinois round out the Big Ten slate for the Hawkeyes so you can do the math.

There’s some winnable games in there, but they can’t afford to take too many more bruises.

Oh and lastly, keeper Claire Graves was named the B1G defensive player of the week after posting consecutive shutouts.


Field hockey falls to No. 2 Duke

Iowa has had a pretty light schedule as of late and played just one game this weekend, a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Blue Devils.

Duke jumped out to a 2-0 lead and Iowa never really had an answer for the Blue Devils. Sophie Sunderland and Nikki Freeman had the goals for the Hawkeyes.

No. 22 Iowa is now 5-8 on the year. The Hawkeyes get No. 10 Northwestern on Friday and Michigan on Sunday.


Alex Schaake continues to do good stuff

The Iowa men’s golf team was in action over the weekend, finishing seventh as a team at the Windon Memorial golf tournament.

Alex Schaake was the Hawkeyes’ top-finisher, tying for fifth. It was a career-best 54-hole score for him. Scorecard:

"The weather was perfect for scoring. Our opponents took advantage of it and we didn't. We know we have the ability to get ourselves in contention, but we have to close better,” Iowa head coach Tyler Stith said to HawkeyeSports. “Alex was in contention all day and managed himself well. He's comfortable in those situations. He needed a few more putts to drop today."

The Hawkeyes are off until Oct. 23.

Swim swimmy swim swim.

Iowa started off the season 3-0 in dual meets in the pool, as the men beat Michigan State while the women topped Sparty and Northern Iowa.

The Hawkeyes won 23 total events.

"We got the victory, now we can go back and analyze to keep getting better and better. I like the heart and racing today. The other teams came in here and had great performances,” Iowa head coach Marc Long told HawkeyeSports. “Mekenna Scheitlin and Hannah Burvill had great performances on the women's side, and Joe Myhre stood out as well. We can see things coming together nicely. Our newcomer divers are coming together as well. This early in the season, it is encouraging."

It was also alumni weekend for the Hawkeyes and there was plenty of support.