Nov. 1, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - Loyola used a balanced offensive attack to sweep the Butler volleyball team in three games (30-25, 30-27, 30-26) on Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The loss was Butler's third straight, dropping the Bulldogs to 11-16 overall and 4-6 in Horizon League action. The Ramblers improved to 19-4 overall and stayed in the hunt for the top spot in the league by boosting their record to 8-1.
Shari Davis' kill down the right side line put Loyola up 12-9 in the first game, but three consecutive hitting errors by the Ramblers, gave Butler the 13-12 edge. Butler's lead was short-lived, though, as another kill by Davis gave Loyola a 19-18 advantage. The Ramblers forged ahead to a 24-19 lead, taking advantage several Butler ball handling errors. Laura Klancnik's off-speed kill, pulled Butler to within five, at 29-24, but Davis' sixth kill of the game, sealed the win for the visitors.
It was the Bulldogs who would take an early lead in game two, as Keely Norris' kill off of an overpass put Butler up 12-7. The Ramblers came charging back, though as a pair of aces off the hand of Davis put Loyola ahead 16-13. Megan Knightly's service ace tied evened the score again at 18, and Butler would go on to take a brief lead at 23-22 off a Rambler hitting error. The teams battled it out for the next few points, but Kristen Daly's crosscourt kill broke a 25-25 tie, and the Ramblers eventually pulled out the 30-27 victory.
The third frame was again another tight battle between the two teams, as it featured ten lead changes throughout. A Butler hitting error followed by a kill from Nichol Amberg put Loyola on top 23-22, but a Rambler service error, their tenth of the match, evened the score again at 23. The Bulldogs enjoyed a brief 24-23 advantage, but Davis' three kills down the stretch helped Loyola capture seven of the next nine points in closing out the win.
"I felt like we put forth a much better effort this time against Loyola," said head coach Sharon Clark. "We kept on pace with them (the Ramblers) throughout each of the games, but when they hit point 25 they just kicked it into a higher gear. They just don't give up."
Norris led Butler with 10 kills, while hitting .450 (10-1-20) on the match. Junior Amanda Matthews narrowly missed a double-double with 28 kills and nine digs, while sophomore libero also chipped in nine digs.
Davis anchored the Ramblers' offense with 15 kills, while Amberg and Daly tallied 12 and 10, respectively. Standout setter Lauren Holbrook recorded 41 assists to go along with seven digs and six kills.
Butler returns to action tomorrow when the Bulldogs host UIC in a 4 p.m. match.