Area Volleyball Tonight
2-7 Turkey Valley travels to 2-10 South Winneshiek
6-8 Sumner-Fredericksburg travels to 4-5 Union
3-8 North Fayette Valley is on the road at Kee HIgh tonight. It’s a rematch of Saturday’s 2-0 Tiger-Hawk sweep.
Iowa vs Northern Iowa, 6:30 pm
Iowa’s offense looks to make strides this week against Northern Iowa. The Hawkeyes are 2-0 and riding a defense that has yielded only 10 points and registered nine sacks. The passing game has struggled and quarterback Nate Stanley is only connecting on 53 percent.
Stanley says the offense is trying to improve and not concerned about the start of Big Ten play next week.
Tight end T.J. Hockenson says it is about improving in a number of areas.
Jake Gervase says the Hawkeyes won’t be looking past the Panthers.
Northern Iowa coach Mark Farley will not say who the Panthers’ starting quarterback will be in this week’s game at Iowa. Colton Howell rallied the Panthers in a 26-23 loss at Montana after starter Eli Dunne connected on only five of his 20 passes.
Farley says no matter who starts at quarterback the UNI offense will face a challenge.
Farley says the Iowa defense has made its first two opponents one dimensional.
Farley says a key for the Panthers will be not wilting in the second half and make some plays. He believes the Hawkeyes could become a special team.
Iowa State vs #5 Oklahoma, 11 am
Iowa State quarterback Zeb Noland says he will be working with Kyle Kempt even if he is called upon to be the starter against fifth ranked Oklahoma. Kempt is nursing a knee injury suffered in last week’s loss at Iowa and Noland says the two developed a bond last year when they were competing to be the backup to Jacob Park.
Noland says that relationship will help this week as they get ready for the Sooners.
The Cyclones need to find more offense than they had in a 13-3 loss to the Hawkeyes.
Tight end Chase Allen says the Cyclone offense needs to develop rhythm and the way to do that is to get some first downs.