Nov. 16, 2002
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - The Butler volleyball team handed Youngstown State it's 14th straight loss with a 30-20, 30-26, 33-31 win over the Penguins on Saturday (Nov. 16) at the Beeghly Center. Keely Norris tallied 20 kills in the win and Candice Washington chipped in a career-high 11 kills to go along with a personal-best eight blocks. The Bulldogs improved to 14-17 overall and 7-7 in the Horizon League, while YSU dropped to 8-23 and 0-14 in league action.
"We just played a complete match today," said head coach Sharon Clark. "We did an excellent job blocking, and it was just a really good overall match for us to end the regular-season on.
In addition to Norris and Washington's impressive numbers, sophomore Areal Bienemy recorded a career-high nine block assists. Amanda Matthews finished with 44 assists and Kali Carter led all players with 19 digs.
The Bulldogs used a .319 hitting percentage while limiting Youngstown State to a .057 clip in game one to claim a 30-20 win. Megan Knightly's crosscourt kill broke an 8-8 tie and Butler pulled out to a 21-12 lead behind the powerful jump serve of Carter. The Penguins closed the gap to 23-18 off a trio of Butler hitting errors, but YSU responded with several hitting miscues of its own down the stretch, leading to Butler's win.
The two teams battled it out for every point in the second frame, as the game featured 15 ties. A pair of kills from Washington, sandwiching an Bienemy kill gave the Bulldogs a 22-19 advantage. A block by Washington and Matthews pushed Butler's advantage to 26-20, but the Penguins would fight back again to cut the lead to 28-25. A service error gave the visitors game point, but YSU struck back again with a kill by Colleen Royer. But Norris' tip to the middle closed out the 30-26 win for the Bulldogs.
Game three was another heated contest, as Butler saw it's 20-16 lead dwindle away to 26-5 down the stretch. The Penguins took the lead on the next point off of Michele Batton's solo block and an ace by Annie Buscher gave YSU a two-point advantage. Kills by Washington and Norris tied the game at 28 and a Penguin hitting error gave Butler match point at 29-28. A Butler blocking error tied the game at 29, and after ties at 30 and 31, the Bulldogs finally persevered as Norris and Bienemy's block led to Butler's 33-31 victory.
Royer paced the Penguins with 16 kills on the match and Angie Pasquinelli added 39 assists and 14 digs.
Butler will participate in the Horizon League Tournament next week (Nov. 22-25) at UW-Green Bay.