When the IU women’s volleyball team extended its losing streak to three games Sept. 23, with a loss to then-No. 18 Michigan in the Big Ten season opener, the Hoosiers could not have predicted a winless month would follow.
With the IU women’s volleyball team entering the second half of the Big Ten schedule winless, IU Coach Sherry Dunbar and the rest of the coaching staff are preaching accountability heading into Wednesday’s match at Michigan State.
In the battle for statewide glory, Indiana, riding a 10-game losing streak into West Lafayette, took No. 12 Purdue to five sets, falling in the fifth set 15-6.
In two matches last weekend, the Hoosiers were swept by two top-25 ranked teams, No. 24 Ohio State and No. 9 Penn State. The current 10-game losing streak is the longest since IU Coach Sherry Dunbar took over the program, one year after the Hoosiers lost the last 19 games of the 2006 season.
The Hoosiers travel to Iowa City, Iowa, on Friday night to play the 10-7 Hawkeyes. Like the Hoosiers, the Hawkeyes are winless in the Big Ten at 0-4.
Indiana was defeated by No. 1 Illinois and Northwestern on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The weekend sweep extended the Hoosiers’ losing streak to six matches — the longest losing streak since 2009, when the team lost seven Big Ten matches from Oct. 18 to Nov. 6.
The IU women’s volleyball team is coming off of its Sweet 16 appearance and best season in program history, but with the loss of key players the team must now come back with a new lineup.
A road trip to take on the No. 1-ranked team in the nation would come with pressure for any freshman, but for IU’s Morgan Leach, the Oct. 30 trip to Champaign, Ill. to play the Fighting Illini will be an emotional experience.
Despite flashes of effective team play, Obeime and the Hoosiers lost both of their games this weekend against No. 18 Michigan and Michigan State to drop to 8-6 this season and 0-2 in the Big Ten.
It was a weekend of ups and downs for the IU women’s volleyball team, but libero Caitlin Cox remained a model of consistency as the senior earned another All-Tournament team selection in San Diego. IU Coach Sherry Dunbar said there was a level of excitement in Cox’s face to play against the best competition IU has seen thus far. The Hoosiers won one match before dropping the next two in the University of San Diego tournament.