Nov. 2, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - Keely Norris and Kali Carter exploded for 18 kills and Areal Bienemy chipped in 17 as the Butler volleyball team escaped with a five-game (30-16, 30-32, 30-18, 27-30, 15-13) Horizon League win over UIC on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. This was the second time this season that the two teams had battled it out to a decisive fifth game, with the Flames coming out on top in the initial meeting. Butler improves to 12-16 overall and 5-6 in league action, while UIC drops to 17-12 and 4-6.
Norris' off-speed kill to the middle gave Butler a 4-1 lead in the fifth game, but a pair of kills by Teaha Shepperd followed by a Bulldogs attacking error tied the game at 4. Another Norris tally pushed Butler out in front, 8-5, but the Flames countered again as Gina Caneva's ace evened the score at 9. After the scoreboard showed ties at 10, 11 and 12, Halston Campagna, who had just come into the game for the first time, served up an ace to put the Bulldogs back on top, 13-12. A Butler hitting error again tied the game at 13, but Norris' third kill of the game gave the Bulldogs match point and a block from Norris and Megan Knightly sealed the win on the next rally.
"It was a great strategic match on both sides of the court," said head coach Sharon Clark. "Both teams just kept making adjustments to the other and wouldn't let up. We finally stepped it up on defense and us having three players record double-figures in kills are things we have been lacking for several matches."
Butler out-hit the Flames .387 to -.103 in the first game, while cruising to a 30-16 victory. The Bulldogs held a 20-14 lead over the visitors in the second frame, but UIC came charging back down the stretch, as Gina Caneva's shot down the line tied the game at 26. After ties at 27, 28, 29 and 30, UIC would eventually come out on top as a Butler hitting error followed by a Kristi Herrington kill gave the Flames the 32-30 win.
Butler regrouped in game three, as a 9-6 lead quickly turned into a 23-14 advantage. Laura Klancnik's kill gave the Bulldogs a double-digit lead at 27-17, and the hosts would tally three of the next four points en route to winning 30-18.
In the fourth game, it was UIC to take an early lead, holding a 22-14 edge midway through the frame. Amanda Matthew's dish to the middle pulled the Bulldogs to within 27-25, but the Flames held on for the 30-27 win.
Matthews tallied one of three double-doubles for the Bulldogs, finishing with 58 assists and 14 digs. Bienemy added 14 digs and Carter finished with 13 digs in complementing their offensive efforts. Sophomore libero Kamy Peters led all players with 19 digs.
Shepperd finished with a double-double of 15 kills and 17 digs for the Flames, while Filkiens posted a 15-kill, 12-dig effort.
The Bulldogs hit .258 on the match, while holding UIC to a .143 clip. Butler held a 11-5 advantage on blocks and a 81-71 edge on digs.
Butler will host Wright State on Friday (Nov. 8) in its final home match of the season. Match time against the Raiders is slated for 7 p.m.