Sept. 10, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - The Butler volleyball team overcame a two-game deficit to defeat Indiana State 3-2 (29-31, 27-30, 30-18, 30-26, 15-10) on Tuesday evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The win boosts the Bulldogs to 4-5 on the season, while the Sycamores fall to 5-3.
Andrea Krouse served up five straight points to get the Sycamores off to a 5-0 lead in the decisive game. The Bulldogs quickly countered, though, as a pair of ISU hitting errors tied the game at 6-6. Sophomore Kali Carter then blasted back-to-back kills to give the Bulldogs a 11-7 advantage. The Sycamores pulled within 12-10 off of a kill by Sara Smith, but Laura Klancnik's two kills down the stretch put the game out of reach for the visitors.
"It was really nice for us to get over the five-game hump," said head coach Sharon Clark, referring to Butler's 0-3 mark in five-game matches this season thus far. "Our starters really played consistently for us, but it was our players off the bench such as Candice (Washington) and Elizabeth (Moreau) who really came in and stepped it up."
The two teams battled it out for every point in games one and two, but it was Indiana State that would come out on top on both occasions, 31-29 and 30-27. Butler regrouped in game three, as Sara Gallagher's seven service points, including two aces, propelled the Bulldogs to a 15-8 lead. Butler's advantage continued to grow from there with the squad cruising to a 30-18 win.
Butler's momentum carried over into game four, with the Bulldogs taking an early 16-9 lead. ISU then knotted things up at 20-20, but a pair of Carolyn Gruesbeck kills sealed the Bulldogs' 30-26 outcome.
Sophomore Areal Bienemy led Butler's attack with a career-high 21 kills. The 6-1 outside hitter's 15 digs also marked a season-high. Three other Bulldogs also finished with double doubles on the match. Sophomore Kali Carter tallied a career-high 17 kills to go along with 18 digs, Gruesbeck posted season-bests of 16 kills and 11 digs and Amanda Matthews added 59 assists and 18 digs.
Kerri Byrum finished with 33 assists and 17 digs to lead the Sycamores, while Brittanie Stowell added 10 kills. ISU was held to a .053 hitting percentage on the match, which included an -.085 performance in game three and an -.024 performance in game four. Butler hit .138 on the match.
Butler's battle against Indiana State kicks off a stint where the Bulldogs play five matches in five days. The Bulldogs will take to the road this week for its longest trek of the season - battling it out at Sacramento State on Thursday (Sept. 12) at 6 p.m. before participating in the University of San Francisco's Molten Golden Gate Classic over the weekend (Sept. 13-14).