Gary Barta’s department took a whole bunch of Ls this weekend
It was a tough weekend for the University of Iowa’s athletic department. There was:
- A men’s basketball loss to Indiana
- A women’s basketball loss to Indiana
- A volleyball loss to Indiana
- A men’s golf Big Ten Match Play Championship loss to Indiana
You hate to see it. You really do.
On a busy weekend for the Hoosiers, here’s what you may have missed:
Freshmen deliver IU volleyball 5-set win
A week after going to Rutgers to claim the first win of the season, Steve Aird’s program went to Iowa City to grab win No. 2. Led by the freshmen trio of Tommi Stockham, Leyla Blackwell and Savannah Kjolhede, the Hoosiers recorded a 3-2 win over the Hawkeyes on Saturday.
Stockham, Blackwell and Kjolhede combined for 47 kills, including a season-high 26 from Stockham, who added 10 digs for her second consecutive double-double. Blackwell recorded 13 blocks, tying the IU program record for most blocks in a five-set match. Kjolhede, meanwhile, posted nine kills and hit .467 in the match.
“I thought we battled in all the games (Saturday),” Aird said. “I’m most proud of the level at which we competed. We got great contributions from a lot of people. The blocking was good. It’s important to me that we develop into a good blocking team.”
Iowa won Friday’s match, 3-1, taking the final three sets after a strong start from IU. Breana Edwards led the Hoosiers in kills for the third time this season with 15, while Stockham posted 12 kills and 14 digs.
Men’s golf wins Big Ten Match Play Championship
After beating Wisconsin in the morning semifinal, Indiana came from behind to defeat Iowa, 3-2, in Saturday’s Big Ten Match Play Championship at the Hammock Beach Resort Ocean Course in Palm Coast, Fla.
The Hoosiers trailed 3.5-1.5 late in play before forcing a 2-2 tie. From there, IU’s Mitch Davis clinched the victory on No. 18, winning 1UP. Harry Reynolds (2UP) and Ethan Shepherd (3&2) also claimed wins for the Hoosiers, who started the day with a 3.5-1.5 win over Wisconsin.
Wrestling falls to Michigan State, Nebraska
Donnell Washington notched another ranked win, but it was an otherwise forgettable Saturday for the Hoosiers at Wilkinson Hall. IU lost to Michigan State (28-10) and fell to Nebraska (47-0).
At 174, Washington’s 16-3 major decision over No. 17 Drew Hughes of Michigan State was his second ranked victory of the season. He led 6-2 after the first period before ending the match with a four-point near fall with 40 seconds remaining in the third period.
Swim/Dive nets three wins
The No. 7 men’s team and the No. 12 women’s team swept all three duals against Purdue and Rutgers on Saturday at the Morgan J. Burke Aquatic Center in West Lafayette. IU has now beaten the Boilermakers in 11 consecutive duals on the men’s side and 10 straight duals on the women’s end.
Brendan Burns swept the backstroke events, winning the 100 Back in 47.17 and taking the 200 Back in 1:45.03. Emily Weiss picked up first-place finishes in the 100 Breaststroke (1:01.27) and 200 Breaststroke (2:14.21) for the second consecutive meet. Meanwhile, in the diving well, Andrew Capobianco (401.40) and Anne Fowler (303.90) both took the 1M dive.