Iowa men's golf had an impressive start to the season on Sunday and Monday at the Gopher Invitational. The Hawkeyes shot one-under-par, including a tournament-best 277 on the third day, to place third among the 15-team field. Minnesota and Purdue tied for fifth, while Michigan State took eighth.
Matthew Walker's 66 in the final round resulted in a three-round score of 210 to take fifth in the individual standings, barely edging teammate Alex Schaake who shot a 67. Gonzalo Leal shot a 216 to take 18th and Benton Weinberg finished tied for 23rd with a 217 for the Hawkeyes. Alex Moorman's 44th-place finish of 221 strokes rounded out Iowa's scoring.
Upcoming: Golfweek Conference Challenge (Cedar Rapids, SUN-TUE)
Iowa women's golf didn't have as much luck at the Branch Law Firm Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Hawkeyes placed 13th in the 16-team field, carding a 909, which was 23 strokes behind 12th-place finisher Washington State.
Kristin Glesne led Iowa with a 33rd-place finish as she shot a 221, five-over-par. She was helped by 14 pars and a birdie on Hole No. 1. Dana Lerner finished in 63rd at 228 strokes, followed by Shawn Rennegarbe at 229.
Upcoming: Mercedes Benz Women's Collegiate Challenge (Knoxville, Tenn., MON-TUE)
No. 14 Field Hockey (5-1)
Iowa field hockey's strong start to the season continued last week with a pair of wins in Durham, N.H. The Hawkeyes started its weekend with a 1-0 win over Providence on Saturday, followed by them taking down New Hampshire 2-0 on Sunday.
Against Providence, Makenna Grewe, assisted by Katie Birch, netted Iowa's only goal at the 52:09 mark. As a team, Iowa outshot the Friars 12-1, though only three of those shots were on goal. Leslie Speight earned the clean sheet in goal.
Birch racked up two more assists against New Hampshire as she assisted on both Iowa goals. Maddy Murphy scored just 18:39 into the game, while Anthe Nijziel netted Iowa's second goal in the second half. The Hawkeyes recorded 12 shots again, but six were on goal this time. Speight earned her third clean sheet of the season.
Upcoming: Penn (FRI), Indiana (SUN)
Iowa's undefeated season came to a crashing halt last week as it dropped both of its games. The Hawkeyes started the week with a 2-1 defeat at Iowa State on Friday, then failed to score in a 1-0 loss at Wyoming on Sunday.
Kasey Opfer, of Iowa State, scored the match's first goal just 6:32 into the game, while Taylor Bee added the Cyclones' second goal at the 34:20 mark. Iowa's Kaleigh Haus tried to start the comeback with her goal 10 minutes later, but the Hawkeyes couldn't find the back of the net again. Despite the loss, Iowa outshot Iowa State 16-13, including 7-6 shots on goal.
Taylor Burton scored a first-half goal for Wyoming for the match's only goal of the game. Iowa still outshot Wyoming, though. The Hawkeyes had 14 shots, including seven on goal.
Upcoming: @Maryland (FRI), @Rutgers (SUN)
Iowa volleyball's 3-0 week pushed it back over .500 for the season. The Hawkeyes defeated both South Dakota State (25-16, 25-16, 25-19) and Drake (34-32, 25-23, 25-15) in straight sets on Saturday, then on Sunday won a straight-set match against Eastern Illinois, 25-15, 25-18, 25-20.
Cali Hoye stuffed the stat sheet against the Jackrabbits as she finished with team-highs of 11 kills and three aces, along with five digs. Brie Orr led the team with 33 assists and also added two blocks, though Hannah Clayton finished with a team-best six blocks. Molly Kelly had 15 digs to lead the Hawkeyes and also three assists.
After Drake erased an early 11-7 deficit in the first set, neither team took more than a two-point lead in the set. Down 32-31, Iowa won three straight points to take the set. Hoye finished with 18 digs, 14 kills and three aces, while Kelly added 24 digs, four assists and two aces. Orr led Iowa again with 38 assists.
Some new faces emerged against EIU. That included Taylor Louis, who finished with a team-high 17 kills and served an ace. Kelly had 17 digs, Orr recorded 42 assists and two blocks, and Hannah Clayton had three blocks.
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- Iowa men's cross country stayed eighth in the USTFCCCA polls, but the women moved up two spots to 10th in the Midwest Regional polls.
- Doubles team of Jonas Larsen and Kareem Allaf start the season ranked 35th in the preseason ITA national rankings.