Oct. 19, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler volleyball team used a solid all-around effort to knock off Cleveland State 31-29, 30-16, 30-20 in a Horizon League battle on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The win marked the Bulldogs' third straight in league action, boosting them to 4-3 in the standings and 11-13 overall. The Vikings dropped to 13-8 overall and 2-5 in the league with the loss.
Senior Keely Norris and sophomore Kali Carter combined for 23 kills to help guide the Bulldogs to the three-gave victory. Norris tallied 13 kills, while hitting .524 (13-2-21) and Carter added 10. Butler received several key contributions en route to the win including sophomore Elizabeth Moreau's career-best four service aces and freshman Candice Washington's career-highs of three kills and three solo blocks. Amanda Matthews dished out 33 assists, while Kamy Peters led all players with 13 digs.
The Bulldogs struck at CSU from every angle, by hitting .333, tallying eight service aces and holding a 46-32 edge in digs over the Vikings. Cleveland State hit .228 on the match and was plagued by 11 service errors.
The Vikings jumped out on top in game one as Kristine Dabbelt's kill off the block gave her squad a 17-12 advantage. Butler fought back, though, as Matthew's tip to the middle closed the gap to 23-21. Moreau then single-handedly took control tallying a hat-trick of service aces to tie the game at 25. A CSU ball handling error followed by a shot down the line from Norris put Butler ahead 28-26. Another Norris kill put the Bulldogs at game point, but back-to-back kills by Jamie Boyer tied the game again at 29. Megan Knightly then took over, recording a pair of kills to finish off the 31-29 win for Butler.
The Bulldogs cruised to an early 19-14 lead in game two, and continued to roll as the Vikings were held to a .075 hitting clip. Carolyn Gruesbeck served up eight straight points for Butler down the stretch, leading Butler to the 30-16 victory.
After Boyer's kill tied the game at 9, Butler scored nine straight points of its own to go ahead 18-9. The Vikings would come no closer than ten points from there on out, as the Bulldogs closed out the match with a 30-20 win.
Boyer, who had nine kills in game one, led Cleveland State with 11 kills. Emily Clark posted the match's only double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs and Kelly Crain recorded 31 assists.
Butler will return to action next weekend as the Bulldogs will battle it out against their Wisconsin league rivals. Butler will take on league-leading UW-Milwaukee on Friday (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. and will face UW-Green Bay on Saturday (Oct. 26) at 3 p.m.