September 9, 2009

IUPUI Edges Butler Volleyball, 3-2

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INDIANAPOLIS - Butler took a 2-1 lead with a dominant third set, but IUPUI rallied for a come-from-behind win over the Butler volleyball team, 3-2 , Wednesday night on IUPUI's campus. Junior Jessica Wolfe had 29 kills and 18 digs to lead the Bulldogs.

Freshman Gina Vera had a career-high 61 assists and added 12 digs. Junior Jalesa Lee had 12 kills and sophomore Maureen Bamiro added 10.

After BU controlled the third set to take a 2-1 lead, it was all IUPUI. The Jaguars took the fourth set and then held off a late Bulldog rally in the fifth.

The Bulldogs and Jaguars played a tight first set until BU pulled away in the final moments. With the set tied at 20, the Dogs took three of the next four points - keyed by a pair of Bamiro kills - to take a 23-21 lead. Following a BU timeout, a kill by Wolfe and a kill by Lee finished the first set 25-21.

IUPUI (7-1) answered in the second set, taking a 16-9 lead and forcing BU to call timeout. Butler would pull within 23-21, but a BU service error and a service ace by IUPUI's Danielle Goodnight gave the Jaguars the second set 25-21 and tied the match 1-1.

BU (6-4) maintained control throughout the third set. The Bulldogs built a 15-9 lead early and never led by fewer than four the rest of the way, winning 25-18 to take a 2-1 lead.

However, as much as Butler controlled set number three, IUPUI was as much in charge in the fourth stanza. IUPUI went on a 7-1 run early and would eventually lead 21-13. BU rallied to within four - at one point winning four straight points when the Jaguars had set point - but fell 25-20 and the match went to a fifth set.

IUPUI's Kalyse Reimbold (14k-10d) and Rachel Holmes (10k-23d) each had double-doubles.

Juniors Katie Daprile and Brittany Awai led Butler defensively, racking up 24 and 21 digs, respectively. Fellow junior Kelsey Labrum provided a lift off the bench, hitting .353 with eight kills.

Butler travels to Winthrop this weekend for a three-match tourney, beginning Friday, Sept. 11 against NC Central at 1 p.m.