UNI Volleyball meets Loyola in Chicago


Monday action:

UNI in Loyola | October 4 | 6 p.m. (News / Talk 1540 KXEL | ESPN +)

The Panthers:

– UNI faces league leader Loyola in Monday’s game at Gentile Arena in Chicago. This is the first time these teams have faced each other since a 3-1 Ramblers victory in the 2021 Missouri Valley conference semifinals.

– The Panthers lead the series all-time, 22-2, including a 10-0 advantage in real road games. UNI won the first meeting in straight sets (15-4, 15-1, 15-6) on October 4, 1985 in their first game of the Loyola Invitational.

– UNI will be on the road for seven of its next nine MVC contests, starting with Monday’s in Loyola. Previously, the Panthers opened the conference game on a three-game homestand. It was the first time that UNI had organized its first three MVC releases since 2001.

– The Panthers went 1-2 in their recent homestand. UNI swept Bradley, 3-0, before losing the decisions to Illinois State (3-2) and Drake (3-0).

Inga Rotto (107), Kaylissa arndorfer (73), and Emily holterhaus (73) are on back-to-back game streaks to begin their college career. Rotto is also on a 32-game blocking streak dating back to last February.

Emily holterhaus had 11 kills on 0.476 (11-1-21) hitting with eight digs in Friday’s game against Drake. She has had at least 11 terminations and eight recoveries in all three league competitions this season.

Kira Fallert has a team of 15 aces serving while registering at least eight kills in each tilt in the conference. Fallert has also done well in preventing opposing aces recently, as she only generated one receive error out of 57 serves received as part of the MVC action (receive 0.982).

Tayler Alden, the younger sister of former Loyola outside hitter Lexi Alden is tied for the team with 15 service winners. She has five games this season with multiple aces, including back-to-back outings entering that road swing.

Jenna brandt, who shares the post of ferryman with Tayler Alden, was also productive in the service area. Brandt, the former Iowa State Cyclone, has 14 aces overall against seven errors and leads UNI with a .965 serve percentage.

– UNI returns 13 women who were on the program for the spring season, including the 2020-21 All-MVC winners Emily holterhaus (First team), Inga Rotto (Second team), and Tayler Alden (Team Freshman).

– Despite the challenges of the delayed 2020 campaign, the Panthers still qualified for the MVC Championship and reached the league semifinals. UNI has won tournament bids and semi-final places for a league record 36 consecutive seasons.

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