Oct. 18, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - Kali Carter tallied a career-high 22 kills to go along with 16 digs to lead the Butler volleyball team to a come-from-behind Horizon League win over Youngstown State on Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. After falling behind 2-0, the Bulldogs won the next two games, and then captured the victory by coming out on top 16-14 in game five. The win boosts Butler's overall mark to 10-13 while improving to 3-3 in league action. Youngstown State drops to 8-14 overall and remains winless in the league at 0-6.
In the fifth and decisive game, the two teams battled it out for every point, as the frame featured five ties. Keely Norris' off-speed kill gave the Bulldogs' a 13-10 lead heading down the stretch, but a kill by Nickole Kennedy followed by consecutive kills from Melanie Pounders tied the game at 13. The Penguins pushed the game to match point with a tandem block from Pounders and Annie Buscher, but Norris' kill to the back line evened the score at 14. A pair of hitting errors by YSU then closed out the win for Butler.
"We just dug a little deeper within ourselves and decided to compete hard back," said head coach Sharon Clark. "We had some great contributions off the bench, which really helped us down the stretch."
Youngstown State dominated in games one and two, holding the Bulldogs to a combined .080 hitting percentage on the games.
"Youngstown State did a great job blocking us early. They played really scrappy and hustled down a lot of balls, which led to a lot of their points early on."
Butler's offense responded in game three, though, as the Bulldogs hit .333 on the frame. Areal Bienemy's right-side kill gave Butler a 24-18 lead, but YSU wasn't ready to cave in, as the Penguins closed the gap to 27-25 off of a back-row kill by Lori Lyman. Carter then took over, tallying kills on three of the next five points, resulting in the Bulldogs' 30-27 win.
Butler continued to roll in game four as a Youngstown State overpass led to a kill down the line off the hand of sophomore Carolyn Gruesbeck, giving the Bulldogs a 22-18 lead. Carter and Elizabeth Moreau combined for five of the last six Butler points as the Bulldogs cruised to the 30-24 win.
In addition to Carter's double-double, Norris added 16 kills while Gruesbeck finished with 12 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore libero Kamy Peters collected a team-high 17 digs, and Amanda Matthews dished out 40 assists in addition to her 12 digs.
Pounders posted a 20-20 match with 22 kills and 21 digs to lead Youngstown State effort. Kennedy added 20 kills and Angie Pasquinelli finished with 60 assists and 11 digs.
Butler will take on Cleveland State tomorrow at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Horizon League match is slated for 4 p.m.