MARION - A successful backstroke swim always starts under water.
Once the swimmer surges from the wall, they are allowed to remain submerged for the first 15 yards. Kick too big, and the speed is hindered by excessive drag. Kick too small, ... »
Northern Iowa pushed the match to a fifth set, but lost 25-16, 25-20, 24-26, 14-25, 15-12 to No. 21 Creighton in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in Lawrence, Kan.
Piper Thomas had 14 kills, Bri Weber added 12 and Kayla Haneline had 11 for UNI (24-10). Kendyl Sorge led with 26 digs and Heather Hook had 39 assists.
Creighton takes on No. 5 Kansas in the round of 32 Friday.
Iowa State dropped its first-round NCAA Tournament match to Purdue, 26-24, 25-21, 25-13, on Thursday in Columbia, Mo.
The Boilermaker attack was relentless, hitting .454 for the match, led by 21 kills from Danielle Cuttino.
Samara West led Iowa State (18-11) with 10 kills and Hali Hillegas had 16 digs.
Purdue gets No. 15 Missouri in Friday’s second round.