Non-Rev Round Up: Four Athletes Take Home Weekly Honor

By Jeremy Karll on October 12, 2017 at 11:00 am
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Iowa baseball started the Black & Gold World Series yesterday, which will conclude on Friday. But the biggest news coming out of college baseball this week was a drastic and much-needed rule change to the postseason seeding. 

The NCAA has always seeded the top-eight teams in the NCAA tournament, but starting this upcoming season, the top-16 teams will now be seeded, according to D1Baseball.

The format will call for 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15, and so on in the super regional round. Should one of those seeds get upset in the regional round, the winner of the regional would replace them as that seed and there would not be a reseeding process, a potential future change that many coaches are still in favor of.

This means the postseason will be less regionalized in the future and have teams from all over the country in one regional. The NCAA regionalizing the postseason was evident for Iowa baseball last year as it traveled to Houston in a regional with Houston, Texas A&M and Baylor. 

The next obvious step is to seed all 64 teams like basketball does for March Madness. The NCAA would have to figure out how it would work financially, though, and it would be hard to accurately rank all 64 teams because college baseball isn't on TV as much as college basketball. Iowa only had two games on BTN before the Big Ten Tournament and not even every game was on BTN+. While Jake Adams' national relevance grew throughout the season, its unlikely a potential baseball committee would have paid much attention to a team that needed to win the Big Ten Tournament to even make the postseason. And Iowa is in a major conference, so think about how a team from the MEAC would feel. Compare that to basketball where even Rutgers is shown regularly on BTN.

Trying to rank Iowa with Davidson, Ohio, Radford, Oral Roberts, among others, would be a near impossible task based almost solely on statistics, which can obviously be misleading because of strength of schedule and other factors. While the sport has grown exponentially over the years, it still has a ways to go before it can confidently seed teams 1-64. 

Iowa Volleyball (14-6, 3-4)

Iowa volleyball's Operation 5K against Nebraska fell just short of the goal of 5000 fans in attendance, but the 4,729 fans in attendance still set a new record. It didn't help lead Iowa to victory, though, as the Hawkeyes fell to No. 4 Nebraska in straight sets -- 25-18, 25-17, 25-20. The Hawkeyes showed promise early in sets but 21 errors hampered them. Iowa led 11-9 in the first set before Nebraska won 10 of the next 12 points, it couldn't recover from a quick 6-3 deficit in the second set, and it only trailed 18-17 late in the third set before dropping six of the next seven points. This match marked the end of a five-game stretch against ranked teams, including four in the top-seven, as the Hawkeyes drop to 1-6 against ranked teams this season.

Iowa got back on track with a four-set win at Indiana on Wednesday night -- 26-24, 25-19, 17-25, 25-14. The Hawkeyes came away with a hard-fought first set win despite trailing 22-20. Indiana fended off one set point to tie the game at 24, but overall, Iowa won six of the final eight points. In the second set, Iowa jumped out to a 13-4 lead and never allowed the Hoosiers to get within five points. After a slow start to the third set, Iowa responded by taking a 10-7 lead. However, Indiana had an answer this time, winning six straight points to separate themselves from Iowa for good. Iowa bounced back in the final set with another strong start. A 9-4 lead turned into 20-11 and eventually Iowa's largest set win of the match. 

Upcoming: @Minnesota (SUN @4 p.m. on BTN)

Field Hockey (5-8, 1-3)

Iowa field hockey traveled to Durham, North Carolina, last weekend to take on No. 2 Duke. The Blue Devils defeated Iowa, 4-2, thanks to two goals in each half. Sophie Sunderland, assisted by Katie Birch, cut the 2-0 halftime deficit in half minutes after halftime, but Duke answered five minutes later. Iowa's Lucie Daman assisted a Nikki Freeman goal just three minutes later, cutting the lead back to one. But once again Duke responded quickly, scoring a fourth goal just 58 seconds later.

Duke was simply the more aggressive team, as it outshot Iowa 21-to-12, including more than twice the shots on goal (13-6). The Blue Devils also gained a 5-0 advantage in penalty corners during the first half -- Iowa had seven in the second half.

Upcoming: No. 10 Northwestern (FRI), No. 4 Michigan (SUN)

Golf

Competing at Windon Memorial in Chicago, Iowa took seventh (850, +10) out of 15 schools. While seventh is still a respectable finish, Iowa has to be wondering how it fell out of the top-five. The Hawkeyes shot 276 and 283 in the first couple of rounds, good enough for second place. However, they fell to seventh and behind three other Big Ten schools -- Penn State, Northwestern and Indiana were the top-three teams, respectively -- after shooting 291 in the final round. 

Alex Schaake paved the way for Iowa, finishing in fifth (208, -2). Also placing for the Hawkeyes were Matthew Walker in 20th (213, +3), Alex Moorman in 29th (215, +5), Benton Weinburg in 33rd (216, +6), and Ryoto Furuya in 70th (224, +14). They combined to shoot par (70) or better in six rounds, but all five golfers shot 70 or above in round three.

Upcoming: Royal Oaks Intercollegiate (OCT 23-24)

Tennis

Jonas Larsen and Piotr Smietana represented Iowa at the Bobby Bayliss Invitational at Notre Dame. Larsen started the singles bracket with two of the closest losses of the tournament. Notre Dame's Brandon Kempin beat him 7-5, 7-6(3), while Chris Patzanovsky of Memphis needed three sets, 4-6, 6-4, 10-6. He bounced back, though, earning his only singles in of the tournament against Abhijeet Josh (Northwestern) 6-7, 6-2, 10-5. He finished the tournament with a straight set loss to Tristan McCormick.

Smietana won his first collegiate match to start the tournament. He took down Western Michigan's Kennosuke Nouchi 7-6(3), 6-4. However, he dropped his final three matches of the tournament, each in straight sets. 

Larsen and Smietana also competed in the doubles bracket. They started with a close 6-4 loss to Wisconsin before getting revenge on Notre Dame -- they went a combined 0-5 against Notre Dame in the singles bracket -- on the final day, 7-6(4).

Upcoming: ITA Regionals (OCT 19-24)

Soccer (7-5-1, 2-3-1)

Iowa soccer entered the week without a win since September 8. It seemed unlikely the streak would end on Thursday against No. 23 Rutgers, but Iowa pulled out a 1-0 win. Devin Burns, assisted by Kaleigh Haus, netted the game-winner 59:01 into the game. Offensively, Iowa held a comfortable lead in shots (11-7) and shots on goal (7-5), but Claire Graves, who had five saves, was the evident difference maker. Along with stopping five shots, Iowa's defense fended off two corner kicks in the final six minutes to complete the upset.

Iowa extended its winning streak to two games with a 4-0 win over Maryland later in the week. The Terrapins scored an own goal just 1:06 into the game. Olivia Fiegel scored seven minutes later and Burns gave Iowa a 3-0 lead 22:19 into the game. Minutes into the second half, Karly Stuenkel, assisted by Burns, scored Iowa's fourth goal of the game. As expected in a lopsided win, Iowa had more than twice the shots (20-9) and more than three times as many shots on goals (13-4). 

Graves' nine saves and two clean sheets last week earned her Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors. She's started every game for Iowa this season, recording 42 saves and five clean sheets. In 12 starts, Graves is only allowing 1.15 goals per game -- 15 goals allowed in 13 starts. 

Upcoming: @Indiana (THU), @Purdue (SUN), v. Nebraska (WED)

Swim & Dive

Iowa cruised to three dual victories to open the season. The men beat Michigan State, 195-100, while the women also took down the Spartans, 189-108, and Northern Iowa, 184-113. As a team, the Hawkeyes won 23 total events, including eight swimmers who won multiple events. All the results can be found here, but here are some of the top performers.

On the men's side, Joe Myhre took first in two individual events and two relays. He finished first in the 100-free (44.82) and 200-free (1:40.04). He, along with Jacob Rosenkoetter, Matt Kamin and Sam Dumford, took first in the 200-medley, crossing the line in 1:31.35 and beating Michigan State by 0.36 seconds. In the 400-free relay, Myhre, Michal Brzus, Jack Smith and Will Scott dominated the competition with a nearly-eight second win (2:58.53). The week concluded with Myhre being named the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week.

Anton Hoherz was the top diver on the men's side, winning the one-meter (340.50) and three-meter (374.90). His scores rank seventh and fourth in school history, respectively. The Hawkeyes took the top-four spots in both events. Hoherz's performances led him to be named the Big Ten Diver of the Week and Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

Hannah Burvill led the women with four wins of her own. She took first in the 100-free (50.67), 200-free (1:49.83) and 500-free (4:56.81). Her 400-free relay team of Allyssa Fluit, Carly O'Brien and Mekenna Scheitlin touched the wall in 3:27.19, almost four seconds ahead of second place.

Iowa swept the one-meter and three-meter dives on the women's side, too. Jacintha Thomas won the one-meter (307.60) with the seventh best score in school history, earning her Big Ten Diver of the Week honors. Jayah Matthews' three-meter score of 315.00 places her 10th in school history. Just like the men, the women took the top-four spots in both events.

Upcoming: Minnesota (OCT 27, Senior Day)

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