Sept. 9, 2003
DES MOINES, IA - The Iowa volleyball team dropped its fourth match of the season Tuesday night in a 3-0 loss to intrastate rival Drake at the Knapp Center.
Game one proved to be a fierce competition. The Hawkeyes registered 22 kills, tying a season best in a game, but their efforts came up short as they were edged by the Bulldogs in a heartbreaking 33-31 loss. Iowa hit at a .283 clip while Drake tallied 19 kills and seven errors for a .240 hitting percentage.
Game two once again was a back-and-forth battle with neither team taking a solid advantage. The Bulldogs managed to edge by at the end for the 30-28 win. Iowa registered 13 kills while committing six errors for a .171 hitting percentage. Drake recorded 18 kills and committed eight errors for a.238 hitting percentage.
After intermission the Hawkeyes lost momentum. Iowa registered only nine kills in a 30-19 loss, giving the Bulldogs game three and the match. Drake recorded 12 kills while committing only five errors. The loss marks Iowa's first defeat to the Bulldogs since a 3-2 loss on October 23, 1982.
As a team Iowa recorded 44 kills while committing 20 errors in 124 attempts for a .192 hitting percentage. The Hawkeyes tallied 45 digs and four total team blocks. Drake recorded 49 kills while committing 20 errors in 120 attempts for a .242 hitting percentage. The Bulldogs registered 52 digs and six total blocks. Both teams hit two service aces apiece.
Junior Carolyn Giese continued her domination against intrastate opponents with a career-high 18 kills, topping her previous high of 15 set last Friday at Iowa State. Giese also recorded a service ace and two block assists. Junior Pam Kavadas led the Hawkeyes with 16 digs. Freshman Tiana Costanzo recorded 12 digs and one service ace. She has now recorded double figures in digs in six of seven matches this season.
The Hawkeyes (3-4, 0-0) will return to action Friday when the travel to Madison, WI, to face Duke. The Blue Devils improved to 4-3 tonight with a win over East Carolina. Competition is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Field House.