Purdue Escapes With Five-Game Win Over Bulldogs

Sept. 7, 2002

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WEST LAFAYETTE, IND. - The Butler volleyball team dropped a five-game decision to Purdue on Saturday (Sept. 7) in the Mortarboard Purdue Premiere. The win dropped the Bulldogs to 3-5 overall, while the Boilermakers improved to 7-1. Three of Butler's five losses this season have come in the five-game fashion.

Freshman Megan Knightly's service ace gave Butler an early 6-5 game one lead and the Bulldogs never looked back, cruising to a 30-22 win.

It looked as though the Bulldogs would take game two as well, as they led 25-22 going into the homestretch. But, a pair of Tiffany Yoskey kills put the Boilermakers back on top for good, as the hosts went on to win 30-28.

Purdue captured game three, 30-22, as they held Butler to a .100 hitting percentage. But, Butler regrouped in the fourth frame, winning 30-22, behind a .286 clip.

The Boilermakers pulled ahead early in the fifth and deciding game, taking a 10-7 lead. Knightly's kill brought Butler to within 10-9, but Purdue would surge ahead to take the 15-12 victory.

Knightly and Kali Carter each led Butler, which hit .219 as a team, with 15 kills. Sophomore Kamy Peters led all players with 22 digs and Amanda Matthews dished out a game-high 52 assists. Keely Norris narrowly missed a double-double with 12 kills and a season-high eight total blocks. The Bulldogs out-blocked Purdue 17-6 on the game.

Kim McConaha and Joanna Lowry combined for 32 kills for the Boilermakers, which hit .185 as a team. Lowry also posted a team-best 16 digs and setter Renatea Dargan tallied a double-double of 52 assists and 12 digs.

IPFW took home first place in the Tournament, finishing with a 3-1 record. Western Kentucky and Purdue also finished with identical 3-1 marks, but finished second and third, respectively due to overall games lost. Delaware failed to find its first win of the season, finishing 0-4 in the tournament for a fifth place finish. Norris was named to the All-Tournament team, marking the sixth time in her career she has been awarded all-tournament honors.

The Bulldogs will host Indiana State on Tuesday (Sept. 10) in a 7 p.m. contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse.