Eastern Michigan def. Butler 25-23, 17-25, 11-25, 25-23, 17-15
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Senior Maureen Bamiro had 19 kills and Butler routed Eastern Michigan in the second and third sets but EMU edged the BU volleyball team 3-2 Saturday night at Notre Dame.
"It was a great match and we played well, but volleyball is a came of inches," head coach Sharon Clark said. "Volleyball is a game of inches and we came up just short in the fourth and fifth sets. I'm proud of the fact that we were better today than yesterday and we will continue to grow and get more seasoned."
Each of the three sets Eastern Michigan won were by a close margin. The Eagles took the first set 25-23 as the two squads traded points until EMU built a 20-15 lead. With EMU set point at 24-20, the Bulldogs managed to win three straight points to force an EMU timeout. The Eagles' Erin Short closed the first set with a kill in the next point.
Butler took the momentum in the next set, building a 10-4 lead and cruising to a 25-17 set win. Leading 22-17, the Dawgs claimed the final three points to close the set. Butler kept the momentum in the third set, winning 25-11. BU led 15-9 when it ran off seven straight points to lead 22-9.With Butler leading the match 2-1, the stage was set for EMU's comeback.
The Eagles jumped out to a 13-6 lead in the fourth set and held off the Bulldogs as they tried to win the match. The fourth-set score was 19-17 when the Eagles got a pair of kills to make it 21-17. Butler battled back and trailed 24-23 before EMU finished the set and tied the match 2-2.
The two teams traded points in the fifth and decisive set until EMU appeared to have control leading 13-10. BU came back with a 5-1 run and had match point at 15-14. The Eagles won the last three points to edge the Bulldogs and claim the match.
Eastern Michigan was led by Rachel Iaquniello, who had 23 kills and 17 digs. Haley Stein added 24 digs for the Eagles.
Butler had more digs (105-97), more kills (66-64) and hit .244 as a team compared to EMU's .138. But, the Eagles got the crucial points.
"We got great blocking from Maggie and Belle Obert turned her game around after her first college-game jitters yesterday," Clark said. "And Maureen Bamiro was phenomenal hitting today."
Butler (0-2) will finish the weekend against host school Notre Dame Sunday, Aug. 28 at 1:30 p.m.