Sept. 7, 2002
WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - IPFW downed Butler 3-1 on Saturday (Sept. 7) at the Mortarboard Purdue Premiere. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in the Tournament, while the Mastodons improve to 3-3.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 16-6 lead in game one. The Mastodons managed to close the gap to 20-17, but Megan Knightly served up six straight points, including a pair of aces, to stop the IPFW surge. Senior Keely Norris recorded six kills on the game, as Butler went on to win 30-19.
Janelle Pollard's ace gave the Mastodons a 20-15 lead in game two, but Butler fought back taking a 23-22 advantage. The two teams battled it out for points throughout the remainder of the game, but it was Fabiana Souza's kill down the right side line that would close out the 30-26 victory for the Mastodons.
IPFW's momentum from game two carried over into the third frame as the Mastodons took an commanding 10-2 lead from the start. The Bulldogs pulled within 18-14, but poor hitting and several ball handling errors led to a 30-22 win.
IPFW took game four, 30-28, in a battle that featured long rallies and several lead changes. The Bulldogs held a three-point advantage, 25-22, heading down the stretch, but IPFW would counter to take a 27-26 lead. After being tied 28-28, Souza would register a cross-court kill to give her team match point and Lindsay Brammer would cap off a long rally with a kill from the left side to end the match.
Souza recorded 29 kills and 10 digs to lead IPFW, while Pollard finished with 14 kills. Setter Lindi Bankowski led all players with 50 assists.
For the third straight match, Norris led Butler's offensive effort, tallying 16 kills on the match. Knightly added 14 digs and Amanda Matthews dished out 36 assists for the Bulldogs, which hit .190 as a team.
The two teams will meet again next week at the University of San Francisco Golden Gate Classic.
Butler will face Purdue in the Tournament's final match this evening at 7:30 p.m.