UIC def. Butler 25-22, 20-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-11
CHICAGO - The Butler volleyball team got 11 kills and nine digs from freshman Kelly Kyle and strong blocking in the middle but the Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 match at UIC Friday night.
"Our middles Maggie and Maureen were huge for us blocking," head coach Sharon Clark said. "It was a well-played match by both teams."
The first two sets were very tight, with the Flames (10-5, 3-1) claiming the first set and the Dawgs winning the second set. After dropping the first set, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 9-4 lead to force a Flames timeout. Butler would move through the set a step ahead of UIC, maintaining leads of three or four until pulling away 25-20.
As close as the first two sets were, the next two sets were exactly the opposite. UIC rolled 25-16 in the third set and Butler answered back by routing the Flames in the fourth set. BU led 7-4 early and the two teams traded points down the stretch. Leading 16-14, the Bulldogs won three straight points to claim a 19-14 advantage. The Bulldogs continued to roll on, winning the next five points for a 24-14 lead. After a service error, freshman Belle Obert finished the 25-14 set win with a kill. Obert had 11 kills and boasted a .391 hitting percentage.
"Belle came off the bench and played really well," Clark said.
UIC took control in the fifth set by leading 8-4 and later 11-6 to force a Butler timeout. Trailing 13-7, BU won two points to pull within 13-9. At 14-9, BU staved off two consecutive match points before UIC clinched the match on a Bulldog service error.
UIC was led by Kelsey Safranek had 23 kills and Nicole Allgood had a double-double of 19 kills and 11 digs.
Butler (5-11, 1-3) will continue the road weekend at Valparaiso Saturday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. ET.