Sept. 6, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - Freshman Megan Knightly's double-double of 13 kills and 13 digs propelled the Butler volleyball team to a four-game win over Delaware on Friday (Sept. 6) at the Mortarboard Purdue Premiere. The win gives the Bulldogs a 1-1 record in the Tournament, while lifting them to 3-3 overall. With the loss, Delaware remains winless on the season, falling to 0-5.
The Bulldogs captured a 30-20 victory in game one, as they held the Fighting Blue Hens to a -.088 hitting percentage. Back-to-back kills by Areal Bienemy gave Butler an 18-13 lead midway through the game, and frequent hitting errors by Delaware down the stretch would help the Bulldogs put them away for good.
Junior Halston Campagna started off game two on a strong note, serving up three straight points, including one ace, to give the Bulldogs an early advantage. Delaware fought back, taking a 13-11 lead on a pair of Butler ball-handling errors. The Fighting Blue Hen's lead would grow to 19-12 off of five consecutive service points by Meghan McGrath. The Bulldogs continued to miss their mark offensively, falling further behind as the game went on and finally losing 30-19.
Butler regrouped in game three, pulling out to a 21-15. But, the Blue Hens would battle back, closing the gap to 25-23. A pair of clutch kills by Knightly and a solid all-around offensive effort (.516 hitting percentage) on the part of the Bulldogs would allow Butler to escape with a 30-23 win.
Game four featured 18 ties as the two teams alternated points throughout. Delaware had game point twice before the Bulldogs took a 32-31 lead. After a seemingly endless rally Bienemy found the open right side corner, tallying her sixth kill of the match, as the Bulldogs won 33-31.
In addition to Knightly's double-double, senior Keely Norris added 15 kills while hitting .440 (15-4-25). Sophomore Kali Carter narrowly missed a double-double of her own, finishing with nine kills and nine digs.
Delaware's Valerie Murphy led all players with 21 kills and teammates Liz Ommundsen (12), Sarah Engle (11) and McGrath (11) all recorded double figures in kills. Allison Hunter dished out 50 assists on the match for the Fighting Blue Hens.
Following the match, three members of the Butler volleyball team were honored by Mortarboard, the Tournament's sponsor for their contributions off the court. Campagna was named the team's Top Scholar, Bienemy was selected as the team's Most Improved Scholar and Elizabeth Moreau was given the team's Community Service award.
The Bulldogs will face IPFW in day two of the Tournament tomorrow (Sept. 7) at noon. Butler will then take on the host Boilermakers in the Tournament's final match at 7:30 p.m.