CEDAR FALLS, Ia. - The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team is currently ranked No. 7 in the nation in home attendance according to a report released by the NCAA on Monday. The Panthers have had eight home matches for a total attendance of 22,880. UNI averages 2,860 people per game and only Hawaii, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois have higher attendances. Wichita State and Creighton are the only other Missouri Valley Conference schools to make the list, and they sit at No. 11 and No. 33 respectively.
The Panthers are currently 19-6 on the season and have a 10-1 record in the Missouri Valley Conference, which puts them in first place in the conference. UNI has an 8-0 record at home this season. The Panthers have won 33 straight MVC games at home. The last time they lost a home game was against Wichita State on November 15, 2008
During the post-game press conference on Friday, head coach Bobbi Petersen had this to say about the crowd: "What an amazing crowd. There's no words that can express what that means to our staff and our team. When you look up and see the number of people that are there cheering you on, it really makes all those numbers of hours of hard work well worth it." Senior Megan Lehman also weighed in, "The crowd is great especially at home, especially when the students get into it. It makes everything in the McLeod Center go crazy, and we love it."
The Panthers will be on the road this weekend when they take on Wichita State and Missouri State. They will be back home in the McLeod Center on November 2nd when they take on Drake University.