The Hawkeyes began the match looking the part of a formidable opponent. They captured the first 2 points of the first set and held an advantage through the early going.
The Hawkeyes once led 12-8, but they surrendered a 9-2 run to fall behind, prompting a time-out by coach Bond Shymansky .
Iowa battled to tie the set at 19 and 20, led by Taylin Alm with 6 kills in the set, but Wisconsin took control and finished the set, 25-21.
The Badgers weren’t so lackadaisical to begin the second set, quickly putting the Hawkeyes down 8-3. They extended the lead to 10-6 and then went on a run to all but secure the set.
Before long, the score was 19-8, Wisconsin. The Hawkeyes rattled off a 3-point run, but the Badgers won the race to 20 holding a 20-11 advantage. The set seemed to end as quickly as it had started, and the Hawkeyes fell, 25-13.
Iowa outhit the Badgers in the first set, .323-.275, but the attack was woefully inefficient in the second. Iowa hit only .100, compared with Wisconsin’s .458.
It simply wasn’t the Hawkeyes’ night, and that continued in the third and final set.
It didn’t begin as brutally as had the second set, but Wisconsin established a cushion early and maintained it for the length of the set. The Badgers cruised comfortably to a 14-10 lead, and Shymansky called a time-out when the deficit grew to five, 16-11.
Sloppy play continued, and an error put the Badgers ahead, 20-13. Iowa had one final push left in the tank, reducing the deficit to 22-18, but ultimately dropped the set and the match, 25-18.
Alm led the team in kills, finishing with 10 kills on a .571 attack percentage. Alyssa Klostermann led with 16 assists, and Michelle Fugarino led with 9 digs.
With the loss, Iowa drops to 13-14 on the year, 5-11 in the conference.