May 2021

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20 It took the Hawkeyes awhile to get things rolling when the season switched from fall to spring. Iowa was winless (0-6-1) in its first seven games, but won four in a row to win the Big Ten Conference Tournament and receive an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships. In the first round, the Hawkeyes upset host Campbell, 1-0. In the second round they led No. 3 UCLA 1-0 at halime before falling, 2-1. Rydberg was motivated by the most recent opportunity and her leadership kept the program moving forward. She was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament team and was voted as the team's most valuable player. Rydberg was also named a team captain and started each of Iowa's 17 games. She played the entirety of seven games and played a critical role as an offensive felicitator and a disruptor on defense. Her two assists led the Hawkeyes this season, and her vocal leadership helped guide a young team during its historic postseason run. "I want to take these next two years and make as much of a difference as I can and be the best player I can be," said Rydberg. "Because we did so well, it's motivation for us to want to uphold that standard we created."

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