Records fall, Hawkeyes win 6 in B1G action, Shymansky logs 300th win
UI volleyball set for weekend contests at Michigan, Michigan State
The Hawkeyes took part in their 1st spring tournament on March 29
Grades K-12 have the opportunity to learn from the Hawkeye coaching staff
New volleyball head coach addressed the crowd in the Feller Club Room Tuesday
Jackie Simpson enters her second season as assistant coach of the University of Iowa volleyball team in 2015. Head coach Bond Shymansky announced her addition to the staff on Feb. 25, 2014. Simpson coordinates the Hawkeye offense and organizes team camps.
The program's six conference victories in 2014 were the most for the program since 2008. Four of the Big Ten wins came consecutively, as the Hawkeyes defeated Maryland (3-0), Rutgers (3-1), Indiana (3-2) and No. 12-ranked Purdue (3-1). It is the longest conference win streak for the program in 20 years, dating back to 1994 when Iowa won eight straight matches and went on to clinch a berth to the NCAA Tournament. The team's win over the Boilermakers marked the team's first ranked win since 2012.
Alessandra Dietz and Alex Lovell wrote their names in the Iowa volleyball record book in the final season of their careers. Dietz broke Jen Barcus' eight-year-old career attack percentage record (.276), finishing her career with a .278 attack percentage. She also broke the program's five-year-old single match attack percentage record, hitting .882 with 15 kills in Iowa's 3-0 win at South Dakota State, and ended her career ranked 11th all-time with 274 career blocks. Lovell closed her career ninth all-time with 1,279 kills, and earned the team's Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.
The Hawkeyes performed at a high level in the classroom as well. Seven student-athletes -- Julianne Blomberg, Dietz, Alyssa Klostermann, Erin Leppek, Lovell, Alli O'Deen, and Emily Yanny -- were named to the 2014 Big Ten Fall Academic All-Conference Team for earning a letter, being in their second academic year at Iowa, and maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Simpson joined the Hawkeye staff after spending the 2013 season as an assistant coach at Marquette under Shymansky. She helped the Golden Eagles win their first Big East regular season title with a 15-1 record, win a conference tournament championship and secure their third consecutive NCAA Tournament berth.
Before Marquette, Simpson spent two seasons as an assistant coach and camp coordinator at East Carolina. Simpson played collegiate volleyball at Wisconsin from 2004-07. The starting setter led the Badgers to the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet Sixteen once. She is a two-time AVCA All-Mideast Region honoree, two-time first team All-Big Ten selection, and an AVCA Second Team All-American. She also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. Simpson ended her career second in Badger history and 17th all-time in the Big Ten in assists, and 12th all-time at Wisconsin in blocks.
The Downers Grove, Illinois, native spent one season as an assistant coach at Winona State before continuing her volleyball career in the professional ranks in Germany and Cyprus. In Germany, Simpson was the starting setter for VC Wiesbaden.
Simpson earned a bachelor's degree in sports sociology in 2008 from Wisconsin and completed her master's degree in sports psychology in 2013 at East Carolina.