Last season, IU finished 23-12 and had a record-setting run to the NCAA Regional. The strong finish set the expectations high for this season.
During the weekend, senior libero Caitlin Cox passed Juli Pierce to become IU’s all-time digs leader with a total of 1,569 digs. To add to her new record, Cox also earned the Co-Defensive Big Ten Player of the Week and Hoosier Classic MVP honors this weekend.
Midway through the second set of the IU volleyball match against Gonzaga on Friday, play was stopped as the crowd rose to their feet to applaud IU’s new all-time digs leader, senior libero Caitlin Cox.
Senior libero Caitlin Cox, who was named to the All-Tournament team Saturday, led the Hoosiers’ defense with 67 digs in the tournament. The Hoosiers dropped two of three games in the Va. tournament.
The IU women’s volleyball team is coming off its best season in program history, in which they advanced to a Sweet 16 appearance in last year’s NCAA tournament. However, IU Coach Sherry Dunbar recognizes last year will not have any direct affect on the team’s record this season.
After the program’s first-ever Sweet 16 run last year, the team will make four appearances on national television this season.
No. 6 seed USC ended the Hoosiers’ tournament run in the third round in Dayton, Ohio, winning in straight sets by scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-20.
The IU volleyball team defeated Tennessee in five sets Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The Hoosiers reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002 and will play host to Miami (Fla.) on Friday in first-round action.
Still caught in the euphoria of earning its first NCAA tournament bid since 2002, the IU volleyball team received more awards Tuesday.
IU lost Friday to Michigan State in four sets and then was swept the next day by No. 20 Michigan.