Iowa sweeps Washington State and James Madison

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HARRISONBURG, Va. — The University of Iowa volleyball team (2-0, 0-0) upset No. 22-ranked Washington State (1-1, 0-0), 3-0, on Saturday morning inside Sinclair Gymnasium.

Senior Meghan Buzzerio and junior Griere Hughes led the team with 12 kills, while junior Brie Orr added 32 assists and junior Halle Johnston notched a career-high 21 digs.

“I am very proud of the team and how they came out here with a very high standard. We talked a lot about initiating the standard and maintaining it throughout the sets. I am very proud of them for executing that. It’s tough to pick out one player because it was a true team effort from serving to serve receive to attacking. Everybody contributed in a grand way for this win. I am proud that the team was able to fight through any rumble that Washington State presented to us. They are a big, physical blocking team and we knew that was going to be adversity.”

SET 1 (25-19) | Iowa and Washington State traded blows early, but back-to-back kills from sophomore Amiya Jones gave Iowa a 5-2 lead and the Hawkeyes kept that lead throughout the majority of the set. Scrappy plays by Iowa kept the Cougars away, but Washington State battled back to tie the set at 19. A kill by senior Meghan Buzzerio gave Iowa all the momentum it needed and the Hawkeyes rallied off six straight points to take the first set.

SET 2 (25-19) | The Hawkeyes continued to seize control in the second set. Iowa forced an early timeout after a four-point run to make the score 8-4. A five-point run following the timeout tied the set, but a kill by sophomore Hannah Clayton gave Iowa the lead. The Cougars remained in striking distance until a powerful kill by junior Griere Hughes gave Iowa momentum to close the set at 25-19 for the second consecutive set.

SET 3 (25-22) | The final set was much closer than the first two with neither team gaining more than three points on the other. Every Hawkeye scoring run was answered by the Cougars. M. Buzzerio added a set-high six kills, while Hughes tallied five during the set. Leading 21-19, Washington State called a timeout in an attempt to shift momentum, but the Hawkeyes stayed mentally focused and maintained the lead even when Washington State made a run to bring the score to 23-22. Orr clinched the victory with a dig-kill in what was one of the longest rallies of the match.


  • Junior Halle Johnston notched a career-high 21 digs
  • This is Iowa’s first victory over Washington State in three total matches.
  • Iowa outblocked Washington State, 6-5.
  • The Hawkeyes registered a team hitting percentage of .290.

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The University of Iowa volleyball team (3-0, 0-0) defeated James Madison University (1-2, 0-0), 3-0 on Saturday night.

Junior Brie Orr was named tournament MVP and senior Meghan Buzzerio was named to the all-tournament team.

“That was a very exciting three set match. JMU did not back down from us. I am excited for our MVP all-tournament player. Brie Orr won MVP and Meghan Buzzerio was all-tournament. It was really a tie. Those two were on the court the whole time, the whole tournament and executed at a very high level. I also have to throw in our core captains Brie OrrMeghan Buzzerio, and Emily Bushman. They willed this team through the whole tournament. Emily Bushman came in late in the third set and took command and made her presence known. Our captain truly were the ones who were driving us through this match point-by-point. Great win for us and I am getting excited for the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge next week in Iowa City.”

SET 1 (25-21) | Iowa began on a three-point run and maintained its early lead, but JMU inched back into the set and eventually tied it at 13 to force Iowa to call a timeout. The Dukes took the lead out of the timeout and gave it right back with an attack error and ball-hitting error. Two scrappy plays shifted the momentum in Iowa’s favor leading in back-to-back kills by sophomore Amiya Jones. The set continued to see ties and lead changes and culminated with blocks from junior Griere Hughes and Brie Orr followed by a kill by sophomore Courtney Buzzerio to win the first set.

SET 2 (25-17) | Iowa took control of the second set immediately thank to back-to-back errors by the Dukes. Iowa added onto its lead with a kill from M. Buzzerio and service ace from C. Buzzerio. Iowa didn’t see another kill until M. Buzzerio made the score 14-8. Iowa continued to allow the Dukes to create their own mistakes until they called their second timeout of the set down 18-12. Iowa’s energy picked up with an ace and kill by M. Buzzerio. Iowa took the set after a Duke attack error.

SET 3 (28-26)| JMU gave the Hawkeyes a fight in the third, holding the lead for the majority of the set. Iowa didn’t tie the set until the 23rd point. Tied 25-25, a kill by M. Buzzerio gave the Hawkeyes their first lead of the set and an attack error by the Dukes gave Iowa the sweep and tournament victory.


The Hawkeyes debut inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena next Friday against Colorado in the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge at 7 p.m. (CT). Tickets are available at or over the phone at 800-IA-HAWKS.