Coming off a Big Ten championship and silver medal performance at the World University Games, Iowa baseball hosts the Ontario Blue Jays this Saturday at 11 a.m. According to the Ontario Blue Jays' website, they're the top amateur baseball team in Canada, making stops at numerous D-I programs during the fall, including Purdue on Friday. Attendance is free and Iowa will hand out its Big Ten Championship rings after the sixth inning.
Iowa volleyball's strong start to the season continued at the American Volleyball Classic last week. The Hawkeyes won all three matches, dropping only one set. Iowa beat Howard, 3-1, to start -- 25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 25-20. It had a chance to be a straight set win for Iowa, but with Iowa leading 14-10, Howard won 10-of-12 points, including six in a row at one point, to take a 20-16 lead. Iowa couldn't battle back, dropping its only set of the tournament. In the win, Taylor Louis and Jess Janota each had 10 kills, Gabrielle Orr added 39 assists and Annika Olsen had 10 digs. Iowa concluded the tournament with straight sets wins over American -- 25-21, 25-17, 25-25 -- and Princeton -- 25-19, 25-19, 25-16.
Gabrielle Orr became the program's Big Ten Freshman of the Week for her 117 assists in three games. This season, Orr leads the team, is second in the Big Ten and 24th in the nation with 515 assists. Also, her 42 assists against American marked her sixth game with at least 40 assists this season.
As Iowa starts Big Ten play this week, it already has more wins than any year between 2010-13 -- the four seasons before Bond Shymansky took over. The Hawkeyes are also eyeing their first 20-win season since 1994 after falling one win short last season.
Upcoming: @Rutgers (FRI), @No. 2 Penn State (SAT)
Field Hockey (4-5, 0-1 B10)
It was another up-and-down week for Iowa field hockey. The week started with a 3-0 loss at No. 2 Penn State, despite having 10 shots on goal. Penn State opened the scoring on a penalty corner shot 31:04 into the game, adding a second goal before halftime. In the second half, the Nittany Lions scored their third goal on a penalty stroke.
Iowa concluded the week on a high note, beating Penn, 3-2. Iowa had 12 shots compared to Penn's eight, but only notched one more shot on goal, 6-5. Madeline Murphy, assisted by Katie Birch, gave Iowa a 1-0 lead 22:27 into the game. However, Penn answered with a goal of its own before halftime, taking the lead early in the second half. Iowa's Lizzy Cimilluca tied the game a minute later, followed by Mallory Lefkowitz, assisted by Nikki Freeman, netting the game winner.
Upcoming: @Maryland (FRI), @Rutgers (SUN)
At the Woody Greeno Invitational in Lincoln, Nebraska, Iowa men's cross country took first place and the women placed third. On the men's side, Nathan Mylenek and Ian Eklin paced the 8,000m field, finishing first and second, respectively. Mylenek crossed the line in 25:42.8 and Eklin finished in 25:46.7. Iowa had two more top-10 finishers in Daniel Soto (4th, 25:48) and Brandon Cooley (7th, 26:07.8).
Andrea Shine led the Iowa women in 6,000m, placing second overall and first in the University Division with a personal best of 21:31.9. Madison Waymire (7th, 22:08.4) and Juliann Hollensbe (13th, 22:24.4) finished second and third for Iowa. South Dakota and Nebraska were the only teams to finish ahead of the Hawkeyes.
Upcoming: Notre Dame Invite (Sep 29)
Both of Iowa's golf teams competed at separate tournaments this past week. The men placed second at the Golf Week Conference Challenge, shooting an 849, -15. At the final turn, Iowa dropped to -18 to take a one-stroke lead over NC State. The Hawkeyes couldn't maintain their -7 pace, though, as NC State continued to shoot -1 after the turn. Nonetheless, Iowa had an extremely consistent tournament with scores of 283, 282, 284 to finish second in each round.
Alex Schaake (208, -8) led Iowa with a second place finish, falling two shots behind North Carolina State's Benjamin Shipp. Ryoto Furuya (214, -2), Sam Meuret (215, -1) and Matthew Walker (216, E) were Iowa's other three golfers to finish at or below par, each placing in the top-20.
Hawkeyes Take 2nd at Golfweek Challenge https://t.co/VAORUpvZNY— Iowa Hawkeye Golf (@IowaHawkeyeGolf) September 20, 2017
Upcoming: Trinity Forest Invitational (Sep 24-26)
Competing in the Mercedes-Benz Collegiate Championship, Iowa women's golf took 12th out of 15 teams. The Hawkeyes shot 303, 296, 289 for a three-day total of 888, +36. Iowa's top performers were Kristin Glesne (218, +5), Jessica Ip (222, +9) and Shawn Rennegarbe (222, +9), as each finished among the top-50 golfers.
Upcoming: UNC Ruth Chris Tar Heel Invitational (Oct 13-15)
Iowa women's tennis competed in a round-robin tournament with William & Mary, Old Dominion and Dartmouth at the Tribe Invitational. Iowa's lone singles win against W&M came from No. 3 singles Yufei Long, a freshman making her Iowa debut. She beat Charlotte Madson, 6-1, 6-1. Iowa's No. 3 doubles partners of Anastasia Reimchen and Danielle Bauers beat Madson and Natalia Perry, 7-6(5).
Iowa had a little more success against Old Dominion in its second match. Long, this time as Iowa's No. 2 singles player, won her second match of the week, 6-3, 6-4. No. 5 Montana Crawford gave Iowa its second singles win of the match, 7-5, 6-4. The Hawkeyes also won two of three doubles matches. No. 1 Zoe Douglas/Long (6-3) and No. 2 Crawford/Adorabol Huckleby (6-2) took home victories.
The tournament concluded with Danielle Burich taking down Dartmouth's Chuang Guan, 6-4, 6-3, for Iowa's lone singles win of the match. However, Iowa again won two of three doubles matches. Douglas/Long (6-1) won their second in a row and Reimchen/Huckleby (6-3) each won their second doubles match of the tournament and first together.
Burich, Long, Huckleby and Crawford will represent Iowa at the Milwaukee Classic this weekend. Josh Silverstein and Kareem Allaf will make their season debuts on the men's side at the same tournament.
Iowa softball kicked off its season with an exhibition game against DMACC. Behind the arm of ace Allison Doocy, the Hawkeyes cruised to a 6-1 win. Doocy struck out 11 batters, while allowing just one earned run on three hits in six innings of work for Iowa. Freshman Aralee Bogar made her debut, going 3-for-5 with two runs at the plate, and Havyn Monteer added three hits and three runs.
Hawks Top DMACC In Fall Exhibition https://t.co/AVHnDo3a4j— Iowa Softball (@iowasoftball) September 16, 2017
Upcoming: Kirkwood CC (FRI, EXH)
Iowa soccer had the week off after last Friday's game against Nebraska was postponed due to a spate of illnesses among Nebraska's players last week. The game has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 18. So Iowa will kick off Big Ten play this weekend with home games against #7 Penn State (Friday) and Ohio State (Sunday).
Upcoming: #7 Penn State (Friday, 7 PM, BTN Plus); Ohio State (Sunday, 1 PM, BTN)