Oct. 5, 2002
CHICAGO - Loyola used a balanced attack to pull out a three-game victory over the visiting Butler volleyball team on Saturday at Alumni Gym. This was the tenth straight win for the Ramblers over Butler, dating back to the 1997 season. The loss, Butler's third straight, drops the Bulldogs to 8-12 overall and 1-3 in Horizon League action.
Sara Gallagher gave the Bulldogs an early 7-3 lead, serving up four straight points. But, the Ramblers (11-3, 3-0) countered quickly as Lauren Holbrook served up seven points, including a pair of aces to give Loyola a 14-8 advantage. A Rambler hitting error followed by a tandem block by Keely Norris and Elizabeth Moreau put Butler up 18-17, but their lead was short-lived as Loyola pulled ahead 23-19. Laura Klancnik's kill closed the gap to 26-24, but the Ramblers would score four of the next six points to close out the 30-26 win. Both teams were plagued by hitting errors in the game, with Butler posting a .065 mark and Loyola hitting .050.
Loyola's six service aces and .395 hitting efficiency in game two helped the Ramblers capture the 30-19 victory. The Ramblers cruised to a 15-9 start before back-to-back kills by Norris and Amanda Matthews brought the Bulldogs back to within 15-12. But, Loyola used Butler's frequent passing woes to its advantage, to continue to forge ahead in taking the two game lead.
Loyola jumped out in front early again in game three, with a 16-9 lead. The Bulldogs kept on fighting, though, as Kali Carter's kill cut Butler's deficit to 26-22. A Jorie Miguel kill followed by a Nichole Amberg ace gave the Ramblers a sizeable lead a t 28-22, but a pair of kills by Laura Klancnik kept Butler within striking distance. But, the Rambler attack eventually won out, as Loyola kept its perfect league record intact with a 30-27 win in game three.
"Trying to run our middles, which is what a lot of our offense is based upon, was difficult today because we were passing so poorly," said head coach Sharon Clark. "Our poor passing kept disrupting the flow of our game and we couldn't get our attack together. I still believe anyone in this league is beatable on any given day, but we can't allow ourselves to make so many mistakes if we expect to win."
Matthews had an all-around game for the Bulldogs, finishing one kill shy of a triple-double. The junior setter paced her squad with nine kills, 27 assists and 10 digs. Klancnik also tallied nine kills on the match, while Kamy Peters led all players with 16 digs.
Shari Davis led the Rambler attack with 10 kills and Kristen Dalye added eight kills to go along with 10 digs. Holbrook finished with 30 assists on the match.
Butler will travel to Dayton, Ohio on Friday (Oct. 11) to battle it out against preseason league favorite Wright State in a 7 p.m. meeting.