The Iowa volleyball team won its second straight Big Ten match with a 3-1 defeat of Rutgers on Saturday in New Brunswick, N.J. The Hawkeyes won 25-15, 25-18, 25-27, 25-16.
It was the first time Iowa (11-12, 3-9 Big Ten) won back-to-back conference matches since 2012.
Lauren Brobst led the Hawkeyes with 18 kills, while Taylin Alm and Jess Janota each added 11. Kaylee Smith and Alyssa Klostermann had 24 and 21 assists, respectively. Michell Fugarino led in digs with 18. Alessandra Dietz had three aces along with eight kills.
After losing the first two sets, Rutgers (7-18, 0-12) won the third but could not complete the comeback in the fourth.
Iowa returns to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Indiana in Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“It’s a great road trip for the Hawkeyes,” Iowa coach Bond Shymansky said. “We had a really nice balance tonight out of our hitters. Brobst came and played hard for us, and Alm and Janota did a nice job too, with 11 kills each from our right sides. That all happened because of our passing.
“I see this as a growing weekend for our team. It provides a lot of momentum as we go into our next match at home against Indiana on Wednesday.”
• FIELD HOCKEY: Iowa fell to Maryland in College Park, Md. The Hawkeyes were outshot 16-4.
Iowa (11-6, 4-4 Big Ten) got on the scoreboard in the 49th minute when Dani Hemeon scored off a rebound on a penalty corner. The goal was Hemeon’s eighth of the season. Maryland (16-2, 7-1) scored two unanswered goals heading into halftime and also recorded two goals late in the second half.
Goalie Alexandra Pecora collected 13 saves for the Hawkeyes. Maryland is the No. 1-ranked offense in the country.
Iowa returns to action Nov. 6-9 at the Big Ten Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich. Game times and pairing are to be determined.
“Maryland is an outstanding opponent and was the better team today,” Iowa coach Lisa Cellucci said. “We played well in pockets of the game, but in order to beat the No. 2 team in the country we needed much better possession and execution of the game plan. We will regroup and get ready to make some noise in the Big Ten Tournament.”
• MEN’S TENNIS: Iowa continued play at the Big Ten Indoor Singles/Doubles Championships in Minneapolis, beginning the singles portion Saturday. The Hawkeyes registered victories from Dominic Patrick (2), Matt Hagan, Andres Estenssoro, Lefteris Theodorou and Josh Silverstein.
Patrick’s first win was in straight sets, while his second victory was in a highly-contested three set match.
“We had a very successful day as a team. Dominic played well in both of his matches, winning a tight three set contest over a very good player from Michigan State, who beat him earlier in the season,” Iowa coach Ross Wilson said.
Tournament play continues today.
Singles – Dominic Patrick (UI) def. Vasilis Stavropolous (NEB) 6-1, 6-2; Andres Estenssoro (UI) def. Andrew Dzulynsky (NEB) 6-2, 7-6 (3), Linus Erhart (NEB) def. Jake Jacoby (UI) 6-2, 6-4; Alberto Zanotti (NW) def. Nils Hallestrand (UI) 6-1, 6-3; Patrick (UI) def. Brett Forman (MSU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4; Matt Hagan (UI) def. Lamar Remy (WISC) 6-1, 6-3; Josh Silverstein (UI) def. Michael Dube (MSU) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2; Lefteris Theodorou (UI) def. Doug Zade (MSU) 6-3, 6-4; Riley Reist NW) def. Estenssoro (UI) 6-0, 6-0.