Welcome to the non-rev roundup, your one stop shop for Iowa’s other sports.
After a strong weekend, the Iowa volleyball team is now sitting at 6-1 thanks to a four game sweep of the Hawkeye Invitational.
Head coach Bond Shymansky just signed a new deal and it was good to see the team come out and perform the way it did. Perhaps Iowa’s most impressive win was a 3-2 victory over Coastal Carolina in which the Hawkeyes dropped the first two sets before roaring back and winning the final three. That’s pretty dang hard to do.
Iowa gave up just three sets over all four matches during the weekend which, again, is pretty impressive. The competition will start to ramp up in the near future, but this is a pretty dang good start to the season.
Annika Olsen is leading the team in digs right now with 115 — 4.6 per match. On the offensive side, Taylor Louis has been money and leads the team with 87 kills. Louis also leads the team in solo blocks, with three.
What’s up next? Three games this weekend. Two with NIU and one with That Team Out West.
The bench press has been training all off-season to help shut down the Cyclones, come join them this Friday at 7! https://t.co/G4RQT9ZIEd— Iowa Volleyball (@IowaVolleyball) September 4, 2017
This really does seem like a fun group and it’ll be interesting to see what happens over the next month.
Also, we need that CyHawk point. Go get ‘em, ladies.
Schedule for this week: NIU (1 p.m.), Iowa State (7 p.m.) on Friday; NIU (7 p.m.) again on Saturday.
Soccer wins two, moves to 4-1 on the year
Iowa absolutely demolished Southern Utah 8-1 and then managed to grab another victory in Minnesota against UC Santa Barbara.
The Hawkeyes beat the Gauchos 2-0 in that game and have now got themselves in a pretty good place to start the season.
Sophomore Devin Burns had a simply incredible weekend. She had a hat trick within the first 11 minutes against Southern Utah and then scored both Iowa goals against UC Santa Barbara.
ICYMI - The eight goals last night tied a school record: https://t.co/FIoymxloaq— Hawkeye Soccer (@HawkeyeSoccer) September 1, 2017
Burns is tied for the team lead in goals with Olivia Fiegel and leads the team in points. The sophomore has two assists and has been pretty accurate this season as well — of her 13 shots, eight of them have been on goal.
For her performance, Burns was named co-Big Ten offensive player of the week.
This is a great start to the season for Iowa, who get Montana and Loyola Chicago. Iowa will celebrate senior night when they play the Griz, before getting the Ramblers on Sunday.
I’ve said this before, but there really are few more enjoyable ways to spend a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon than at an Iowa soccer game. This team is getting better and sounds like it's capable of producing some serious offensive fireworks, which makes for some fun soccer. Just something to check out.
Schedule this week: Montana (7 p.m.) on Friday, Loyola Chicago (1 p.m.) on Sunday.
After starting 0-3, field hockey blanks Cal and UC Davis
Iowa opened the season with three ranked opponents.. and fell to all of them.
Over the weekend, the Hawkeyes took a trip to California which they started by facing No. 13 Stanford. Iowa got on the board first as Mallory Lefkowitz scored a goal, but the Cardinal hung two on Iowa.
The Hawkeyes tied it up in the 45th minute as freshman Madeleine Murphy got the first of her career. Stanford was able to grab another late in the game and that was it.
Iowa was able to salvage the trip, beating California 3-0 and UC Davis 4-0. The Hawkeyes now sit at 2-3 on the season and remained at No. 17 in the latest poll.
It also looks like they had a bit of fun on their trip out there:
Iowa has a fairly easy slate this weekend, with two scheduled games against New Hampshire — one at 6 p.m. on Friday and another at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Those should both be wins and they’ll be the Hawkeyes last chance to tune up for the Big Ten slate, which starts with Penn State on Sept. 15.
Iowa cross country sets records, finishes well at Hawkeye Invitational
The Iowa cross country team got its season started last Friday, as Iowa, Iowa State, Creighton, Illinois State, Drake, Northern Iowa and Iowa Central CC all descended on Ashton Cross Country Course.
In Iowa’s only home meet of the season, junior Ian Eklin broke the school record in the event, finishing 10th with a time of 18:10.7, breaking the record Michael Melchert set last season.
Andrea Shine was the top finisher for the women, coming in sixth in a time of 13:58.7. That time ranks 7th-all time in the 4,000m.
Scored as a dual meet with each individual team, the women won four-of-five while the men won four-of-six. Iowa was unable to beat The Team Out West and loses four total points in the Cy-Hawk series.
Here’s how that looks right now, by the way.
Here’s to picking up two wins this weekend. Cross is off until Sept. 16th and that’ll do it for the non-rev roundup today.