Oct. 26, 2002
GREEN BAY, WIS. - UW-Green Bay captured a 30-26, 19-30, 30-16, 30-18 Horizon League win over the Butler volleyball team on Saturday at the Phoenix Sports Center. The Phoenix held Butler to .074 hitting while tallying 13 aces on the match.
A 10-7 Phoenix (13-14, 5-4 Horizon League) edge in game one quickly turned to a 17-7 advantage, as Janelle Tomlinson served up ten straight points, including four aces to give UW-Green Bay the double-digit lead. The Phoenix maintained its healthy lead until Areal Bienemy took over, recording a pair of kills and three block assists to cut the gap to 26-23. A cross court shot from Laura Klancnik pulled the Bulldogs (11-15, 4-5 Horizon League) to within two at 28-26, but Tomlinson and Jessie Theys put the game away for the Phoenix with back-to-back kills.
Butler jumped out to an early 3-0 start in game two, thanks to a pair of Amanda Matthews' service aces. Butler's blocking corps helped the visitors take a 17-10 lead, which eventually grew to 24-14. Consecutive blocks by Theys narrowed Butler's advantage to 24-19, but Klancnik's three kills down the stretch sealed the 30-19 win for the Bulldogs.
The Phoenix took advantage of several Butler errors in building a 12-3 lead in the third frame. UW-Green Bay hit .500 as a team and Tomlinson and Theys each collected six kills on the game as the Phoenix cruised to the 30-16 win.
UW-Green Bay's momentum from game three spilled over into game four, as the Phoenix burst out to an 9-0 start behind the serve of Krystle Lange. Bienemy's kill off the hands of a Phoenix blocker closed the gap to 15-7, but UWGB's frontline continued to do their part both offensively and defensively, vetoing any comeback the Bulldogs attempted.
"They (UW-Green Bay) were on fire," said head coach Sharon Clark. " I have to give them credit for the way they played - they played a great all-around game. We had some nice individual performances in Areal and Laura, buy we had others on the team that just didn't step up."
Klancnik led Butler with 12 kills while Bienemy chipped in 10 and a career-high eight block assists. Kamy Peters added a career-best eight kills to go along with 12 digs.
Tomlinson and Theys combined for 39 kills, while Leslie Kuhn finished with a double-double of 39 assists and 11 digs.
Butler will return to action on Friday (Nov. 1) when the Bulldogs host Loyola in a 7 p.m. meeting.