Sporting pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the IU volleyball team presented its largest audience of the season a dominant win Friday on Branch McCracken Court.The Hoosiers (14-8, 3-5) kicked off the annual Hoosier Hysteria festivities in Assembly Hall with a straight-set victory against Iowa (10-10, 2-6).
IU volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar said her team would have to be ready for a five-set match against Purdue given the rivalry’s recent history. That recent history repeated itself Wednesday, but this time the end result favored IU.
IU volleyball coach Sherry Dunbar said she knows what it will take for her young squad to compete in and win matches in such a challenging conference.
Compared to the 125 years of football or 108 years of basketball, the University’s volleyball program is still in its early childhood. However, IU volleyball has slowly but surely displayed signs of emergence among its fellow university sports teams as it enters its 34th season.
The IU volleyball team hopes the results of those matches are different this year. The Hoosiers (12-4, 1-1) play in West Lafayette for the first of two regular-season battles with Purdue (9-4, 1-1) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
The Hoosiers (11-3) claimed two victories in three matches in their home tournament, falling to Western Michigan in four sets Friday and beating Alabama A&M and North Carolina A&T in straight sets Saturday.
For junior middle blocker Ashley Benson and graduate student right-side hitter Whitney Thomas, the choice of what college they would attend was never really a question.