Butler Loses Hard-Fought Match To In-state Rival
Sept. 21, 2002
BLOOMINGTON, IND. - Indiana overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat the Butler volleyball team in five games (30-26, 27-30, 22-30, 30-28, 15-13) on Saturday at the IU Credit Union Classic. IU improved to 9-2 with the win, while the Bulldogs dropped their second match of the Tournament, falling to 6-9 overall.
IU burst out to a 4-1 lead in the decisive game five, but the Bulldogs fought back, as a pair of blocks tied the game at 11. Keely Norris' off-speed kill put Butler on top 13-12, but the Hoosiers tallied three crucial kills at the end to put the match away, 15-13.
Christina Archibald's eight kills paced Indiana's offensive efforts in game one as the Hoosiers captured the 30-26 win. IU broke loose from a 10-10 tie and didn't let the Bulldogs get any closer than two points throughout the remainder of the game.
The two teams traded off leads early on in game two until Butler's offense took control, as a pair of Laura Klancnik kills gave the Bulldogs a 26-21 advantage. The Hoosiers weren't ready to concede, though, as the hosts pulled within one at 28-27. Carolyn Gruesbeck's kill down the right side line put Butler at game point and an IU hitting error sealed the game's fate.
After falling behind 8-3 in game three, Butler regrouped to take a 19-18 lead. A series of hitting and ball handling errors proved costly for the Hoosiers, as they lost ground quickly down the stretch. The Bulldogs held IU to a -.061 hitting percentage, while taking the 30-22 win.
IU held on to the lead throughout the entire fourth frame, pulling out to a 15-10 advantage early on. Butler countered as Gruesbeck's kill tied the game at 20. The two teams battled it out for every point from there on out, but the Bulldogs could not manage to get on top, losing a hard-fought game, 30-28.
The Bulldogs were plagued by 14 service and six blocking errors on the game. Carter tallied her second double-double of the Classic, with a career-high 18 kills to go along with 19 digs. Norris also added 18 kills, while Areal Bienemy recorded 14 kills. Junior setter Amanda Matthews put forth an all-around effort with 58 assists, 14 digs and eight kills while sophomore Kamy Peters led all players with 22 digs.
Archibald posted a match-high 24 kills in addition to her 18 digs, while Nikki Hill tallied a double-double of 18 kills and 17 digs. The Bulldogs will take on Central Michigan in the evening round of the Classic at 5 p.m. The Chippewas lost to both Indiana and Louisville in three-game matches in earlier rounds.