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
New volleyball head coach addressed the crowd in the Feller Club Room Tuesday
Head coach Bond Shymansky announced the hiring of his assistants this week
Iowa Volleyball vs. #12 Purdue Nov. 8, 2014 Carver-Hawkeye Arena Photos by Clem Messerli
Iowa Volleyball vs. Northwestern Oct. 18, 2014 Carver-Hawkeye Arena Photo by Clem Messerli
Practice Facility in Carver-Hawkeye Arena Aug. 9, 2014 Photos by: Jil Price
Associate head coach Michaela Franklin enters her second season with the University of Iowa volleyball program in 2015. Head coach Bond Shymansky announced her addition to his staff on Feb. 25, 2014. She is the recruiting coordinator and defensive coordinator for the Hawkeyes.
Franklin helped guide the Hawkeyes to a 14-17 record overall and a 6-14 mark in Big Ten Conference play in her first season.
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.
Franklin came to Iowa after spending the 2013 season as the head volleyball coach at Green Bay. The Phoenix accomplished a 14-14 overall record and a 9-5 mark in Horizon League action. She had four players receive Horizon League honors at the end of the year, including three all-league selections and the conference Freshman of the Year. It was the second time in Green Bay history, and first time since 2003, that three earned all-league nods, and the first time in school history the Phoenix had a Freshman of the Year and a total of four postseason honorees.
Prior to her time at Green Bay, Franklin spent four seasons coaching alongside Shymansky as an assistant coach at Marquette. While there, she served as the team's recruiting coordinator, trained the outside hitters and was the defense coordinator. The Golden Eagles appeared in back-to-back NCAA Tournaments in 2011 and 2012, and placed second in the Big East Conference in 2012 with a 13-2 record.
Franklin began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Northern Illinois from 2006-08.
Franklin played collegiate volleyball at Kansas State from 2002-04. She helped the Wildcats to a Big 12 Championship and three NCAA Tournament appearances. The Lincoln, Neb., native graduated with a bachelor's degree in family studies and human services in 2005.