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October 11, 2008

Eagles win thriller in Louisville,
Top Bellarmine in five sets

Southern Indiana (11-10, 5-6 GLVC): 3
at Bellarmine (6-9, 6-5 GLVC): 2
Line score: 25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 21-25, 15-11 (Box Score)

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Five University of Southern Indiana volleyball players had 10 or more kills as the Screaming Eagles defeated a red-hot Bellarmine University squad 25-22, 21-25, 25-12, 21-25, 15-11 Saturday afternoon.

USI (11-10, 5-6 GLVC), which had a huge showing of support from its men's and women's soccer teams—both squads were at Bellarmine Friday night and stayed for the match Saturday before traveling to Northern Kentucky University—used a solid performance in the first game to set the tone for the match.

The Eagles attacked at a .368 clip and used a 5-2 run to close the first set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

Bellarmine (6-9, 6-5 GLVC), which had won two straight matches and five of six heading into Saturday's contest, used runs of 6-1 and 5-0 in the second frame to even the match at 1-1.

Following the intermission, the Eagles blasted the Knights in the third set to reclaim the one-game advantage. The Eagles used seven of their 12.0 team blocks in the third frame and held the Knights to a negative .147 attacking percentage to grab the 2-1 lead.

Once again, however, the Knights battled back to even the match and force a deciding fifth set. Sophomore outside hitter Emily Beckman, the GLVC leader in kills per set, recorded seven of her match-high 25 kills in the fourth frame to lead the Knights.

The Eagles, though, saved their most prolific performance of the match for the fifth set to claim their season-best fourth straight win. USI hit .400 as a team in the deciding frame and used a 3-0 run late in the set to clinch the win.

Melanie Pund

Ashley Henricks

Individually, junior setter Melanie Pund (Ferdinand, Indiana) and junior middle blocker Ashley Henricks (Greenwood, Indiana) led the Eagles. Pund had a match-high 51 assists to go with five kills, a .364 attacking percentage, nine digs, and three blocks. Henricks had 10 kills, a match-high .450 attacking percentage, and three blocks.

Sophomore outside hitter Brittani Oliver (Indianapolis, Indiana) and junior right side hitter Kathi Hindman (Carmel, Indiana) chipped in 15 and 12 kills, respectively, while junior outside hitter Courtney Bealor (LaPorte, Indiana) had 11 kills and three blocks in the win.

Senior middle blocker Margaret Buschman (Reynolds, Indiana) finished with 10 kills and a match-high seven blocks, while sophomore libero Janae Curnutt (Arcadia, Indiana) racked up a match-high 18 digs.

The Eagles return to action Friday when they take part in the Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover in Indianapolis, Indiana. USI's schedule is to be announced.

Dan McDonnell,
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