The women’s volleyball team took a step backward last weekend on the road against Minnesota and Iowa, putting them 1-5 in the Big Ten with only 14 matches left. “We just didn’t show up,” said senior captain Erica Short. “We didn’t enter the building. I don’t know who played last weekend. It wasn’t an IU program at all.”
The IU volleyball team will finally get the luxury of facing an unranked team in the Big Ten.
The IU volleyball team might have thought it had it tough last weekend, facing two top-20 teams, Illinois and Purdue. But those teams are nothing compared to the next monster IU will encounter today at the University Gym.
The “no boys allowed” rule might apply to most women’s sports at IU, but not to the volleyball team. Sophomore Ryan Sullivan and junior Nate Jones have been practicing with the team since day one this season. “We met coach (Sherry Dunbar) last year,” Jones said. “I helped coach a Hoosierland team here at IU, and I met (IU assistant coach) Keith Schunzel one day, and, through a reference, they asked me to help out.”