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October 18, 2008

Eagles rally past Northern Michigan,
Fall to Northwood in night cap

Southern Indiana (12-12): 3
Northern Michigan (15-8): 2
Line Score: 15-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-15, 15-12 (Box Score)

Northwood (10-12): 3
Southern Indiana: 0
Line Score: 25-19, 25-15, 25-12 (Box Score)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.The University of Southern Indiana volleyball team faced match-point in the third set against Northern Michigan University Saturday afternoon before rallying from a two-game deficit to defeat the Wildcats 15-25, 19-25, 26-24, 25-15, 15-12 at the Asics GLVC/GLIAC Crossover.

Northern Michigan (15-8) looked as if it would walk away with an easy three-set victory, especially after it opened the first set with a 9-1 run. The Wildcats hit .438 in the first frame as they grabbed the 1-0 lead in the match.

USI (12-12) had a much better showing in the second game, but 9-3 run to end the stanza put the Wildcats up by two sets heading into the third frame.

Melanie Pund



The Screaming Eagles controlled much of the third set, but a late Northern Michigan rally had the Eagles facing a match-point at 24-23. USI, though, got a kill from junior middle blocker Ashley Henricks (Greenwood, Indiana) and two straight service aces from junior setter Melanie Pund (Ferdinand, Indiana) to salvage the victory and extend the match.

USI, which had 13 of its 14 blocks in the final three sets, dominated the Wildcats in the fourth game. The Eagles had an 80 percent side-out clip and attacked at a .345 pace in the fourth game to send the match to a deciding fifth set.

The two teams battled back-and-fourth in the fifth frame, but the Eagles' who hit .381 in the final set, used a 6-2 run to end the game and snap the Wildcats' seven-match winning streak.

Ashley Henricks


Henricks finished the match with 10 kills, a .474 attacking percentage, and five blocks, while Pund had four kills, 41 assists, seven digs, and six blocks in the victory.

Kathi Hindman


USI also got a solid effort from junior right side hitter Kathi Hindman (Carmel, Indiana) and junior outside hitter Courtney Bealor (LaPorte, Indiana). Hindman had 12 kills and a .367 attacking percentage, while Bealor finished with 14 kills, 11 digs, and four blocks.

Defensively, sophomore outside hitter Brittani Oliver (Indianapolis, Indiana) finished with 20 digs, while sophomore libero Janae Curnutt (Arcadia, Indiana) finished with 18 digs. Senior middle blocker Margaret Buschman (Reynolds, Indiana) added six blocks for the Eagles.

Despite the come-from-behind victory, the Eagles could not keep the momentum going in their second match as they simply ran out of gas in a 25-19, 25-15, 25-14 setback to Northwood University.

Northwood (10-12) overcame a 4-0 deficit in game one to run away with the three-set win. The Timberwolves hit .278 as a team and held the Eagles to a dismal .031 attacking percentage to come away with the victory.

Oliver led USI with eight kills, while Curnutt had a team-high 10 digs in the loss.

The Eagles return to GLVC action Friday at 7 p.m. when they host Rockhurst University to end a near month-long stint away from the Physical Activities Center. USI, which embarks on a four-match home stretch Friday, also hosts Drury University next Saturday at 3 p.m.

Dan McDonnell,
USI Sports Information


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