Volleyball’s offense disappointed in Big Ten home opener

Iowa’s offense was shut down against No. 7 Wisconsin, and the Hawkeyes were swept.


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Iowa’s Taylor Louis spikes a ball against Indiana State on Sept. 2. The Hawkeyes defeated the Sycamores, 3-1. (Joseph Cress/The Daily Iowan)

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Iowa volleyball was swept on Sept. 29 in Carver-Hawkeye by No. 7 Wisconsin in what head coach Bond Shymansky labeled the offense’s flattest showing of the season.

Wisconsin took the first set, 25-17, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back.

Iowa as a whole recorded a .031 attack percentage with only 8 kills and 7 attack errors.

Junior outside hitter Taylor Louis and senior middle blocker Jess Janota led the Hawkeyes with 3 kills each. Louis also led with 4 attack errors.

The second set mirrored the first for Wisconsin until an 8-3 Iowa run brought the Hawkeyes within 2. A service error by Louis closed out the set, with Wisconsin coming out on top, 25-22, to lead the match, 2-0.

The Badgers held the Hawkeyes again in the third set, taking the match, 3-0, with a 25-17 set victory.

Iowa had a total 22 attack errors and was held to an average .090 attack percentage in the three sets.

“We just didn’t catch our rhythm very well as attackers,” Shymansky said. “Hitting can be a night-to-night thing; I would say that’s honestly our flattest match of the year so far. That’s disappointing for our whole group, not just for me as a coach, but for everybody.”

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