November 15, 2002

CSU Upends Butler In League Action

Nov. 15, 2002

Final Stats

CLEVELAND, OHIO - Keely Norris and Areal Bienemy combined for 26 kills, but it wasn't enough as the Butler volleyball team fell to Cleveland State 30-19, 25-30, 30-27, 30-27 on Friday evening at Woodling Gymnasium. The loss drops Butler to 13-17 overall and 6-7 in Horizon League action, while the Vikings improve to 18-11 and 5-8 in league play.

Norris tallied a team-best 14 kills, while Bienemy added 12 for the Bulldogs, who hit .161 on the match. Amanda Matthews tallied the team's only double-double with 43 assists and 15 digs and sophomore libero Kamy Peters collected a match-high 18 digs.

"Cleveland State outsmarted us tonight and just put forth better effort both offensively and defensively," said head coach Sharon Clark.

The Vikings' relentless defensive efforts led them to a 30-19 win in game one. The Bulldogs fell behind early, 11-5, and never could catch up as a Michelle Iafliola's kill down the line gave CSU a double-digit lead at 27-17 and a Butler hitting error followed by a pair of kills from Jamie Bouyer closed out the game.

The two league rivals battled it out for every point in game two, as neither team held more than a two point lead until Cleveland State's hitting error resulted in a 23-20 Butler advantage. Kills by Laura Klancnik and Norris pushed the Bulldogs ahead 25-20, but a pair of successful swings from Iafliola cut the gap to 26-22. After an off-speed kill by Norris, the Bulldogs fell into a slight slump, recording a pair of hitting errors down the stretch. But, after Bouyer's kill narrowed Butler's lead to 28-25, Klancnik tallied her second kill of the game, and Matthews gave Butler game point with an ace.

The third frame featured more tightly contested battles between Butler and Cleveland State as there were 15 tie scores throughout. The Vikings broke loose from a 21-21 tie when a CSU block followed by a Bouyer kill gave the hosts a 23-21 edge. The Bulldogs managed to pull within one several times down the stretch, but couldn't get over the hump, as Alisa Hatcher and Bouyer combined for five of the Vikings' final seven points en route to their 30-27 win.

Iafliola's kill off the block propelled Cleveland State to a 22-17 advantage in game four, but the Bulldogs weren't ready to cave in. Klancnik's back-to-back kills followed by block from Carter and Candice Washington cut the Vikings' lead to 23-22. After a Butler hitting error, the Bulldogs got back on track, as kills by Carter and Norris tied the game at 24. A tip by Matthews followed by a CSU hitting error put Butler ahead 27-25, but kills by Bouyer and Katie Calhoon tied the game again at 27. The Vikings took the lead again off a block and then Iafliola and Bouyer closed out the match with back-to-back kills.

"We struggled from our outside positions tonight. We didn't get much production from our outside hitters," added Clark. "We have to have six people playing well and we just didn't have that tonight. That is definitely something we should have at this point in the season."

Iafliola led all players with a double-double of 22 kills and 11 digs, while Boyer added 17 kills for the Vikings, who hit .265 as a team. Hatcher finished with a double-double of 14 kills and 14 digs and Kelly Crain recorded 56 assists and 16 digs.

Butler will take on Youngstown State tomorrow (Nov. 16) at 2 p.m.