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59 Iowa's career list. She also earned Residence Inn Challenge and Texas A&M Invitational all- tournament team honors. Freshman right-side hitter Jess Janota garnered Texas A&M Invitational and SDSU Challenge all-tournament team accolades. Four additional freshmen — setter Kaylee Smith, outside hitter Danielle Cabel, right-side hitter Taylin Alm, and libero Michelle Fugarino — and junior middle blocker Mikeala Gunderson earned starts in their first season with the Hawkeyes. Shymansky was pleased with the progress the Hawkeyes made. "I thought there were some great new things that evolved throughout the course of the season in individual players and in our system," Shymansky said. "We were always tinkering, testing, prodding, and pushing to find what players can contribute what things and then figuring out how that's going to help us win. "It's been cool watching our younger players stepping into bigger roles. It's been great watching the returning players, who maybe didn't think they had much of a future here inside this program, evolve into a new person on the court. ose are rewarding things for a coach. On the flip side, it's tough when players had big roles diminish. Watching them manage that with class and dignity and great Hawkeye spirit kept our team mentally and emotionally healthy. ose players understood and were still great teammates and supporters for their teammates on the court." T he University of Iowa volleyball team completed its first season under head coach Bond Shymansky, ending the year with a 14-17 overall record and a 6-14 mark in Big Ten Conference play. e season contained many bright spots and the team continued to advance and improve throughout the season. e Hawkeyes' six conference victories are the most for the Iowa volleyball program since 2008. Four of the Big Ten wins came consecutively, as Iowa defeated Maryland (3-0), Rutgers (3-1), Indiana (3-2), and No. 12 Purdue (3-1) midway through the conference slate. It marked the longest Big Ten win streak for the program since 1994 when Iowa won eight straight conference matches and went on to clinch a berth to the NCAA Tournament. e Hawkeyes' victory over the Boilermakers is the first win over a ranked team since 2012. Several Hawkeyes received recognition for their efforts on the court. Senior middle blocker Alessandra Dietz broke Jen Barcus' eight-year-old career attack percentage record (.276), closing her career with a .278 attack percentage. She also broke a five-year-old single match attack percentage record, hitting .882 with a season-high 15 kills at South Dakota State on Sept. 13 and ends her career 11th all-time with 274 career blocks. Dietz was named to Residence Inn Challenge and SDSU Challenge all-tournament teams. Fellow senior outside hitter Alex Lovell ended her career with 1,279 kills, which is ninth on

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