By Anna Kayser
The Hawkeye volleyball team bounced back from a Oct. 20 loss to sweep Northwestern on Oct. 21 in Carver-Hawkeye.
The first set was close, featuring nine ties and seven lead changes.
Northwestern had a 19-15 lead before Iowa ran off 6-straight points. A kill by junior outside hitter Taylor Louis sealed the set, 25-23, giving the Hawkeyes a 1-0 match lead.
The Wildcats made the next two sets close, but Iowa never trailed.
In the second set, Iowa jumped out to a 6-2 lead, but rallies by Northwestern made the entire set a battle. A solo block and a tip by freshman setter Brie Orr finished off the match with Iowa on top, 25-21.
The third set started off close before a 9-3 Hawkeye run put them on top, 15-9. The Iowa lead would stretch to as many as 10 points, but Northwestern came back on a 6-2 run before Iowa finished the set, 25-18.
Louis led the Hawkeye offense with 11 kills and a career best .625 attack percentage.
“Great bounce back performance by our whole team, that took a lot to dig deep and get over the feeling of the disappointment from [Illinois],” head coach Bond Shymansky said. “We knew [Northwestern’s] match was huge for us in terms of just progressing things forward.”