Nov. 19, 2010

Courtesy of Indianpolis

HILLSDALE, Mich.- In a battle of ranked teams, the UIndy volleyball team (26-8) earned a four-set win against Northern Michigan in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional. The 19th-ranked Greyhounds downed the No. 20 Wildcats 25-16, 25-18, 24-26 and 25-22. The victory marks the Greyhounds fourth straight first-round win at the NCAAs. The defending regional champs are now 4-1 all-time in first-round matches. As the designated home team, the Hounds offense clicked early. UIndy hit .500 as a team while jumping out to a 12-8 lead and forcing an NMU timeout. The stoppage did little to quell the momentum, as the fourth-seeded Greyhounds rode the hot streak to a 25-16 first-set win, finishing the frame with a .444 attack percentage. The Wildcats (19-6) looked to bCourtesy of Indianpolis

HILLSDALE, Mich.- In a battle of ranked teams, the UIndy volleyball team (26-8) earned a four-set win against Northern Michigan in the opening round of the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional. The 19th-ranked Greyhounds downed the No. 20 Wildcats 25-16, 25-18, 24-26 and 25-22.

The victory marks the Greyhounds fourth straight first-round win at the NCAAs. The defending regional champs are now 4-1 all-time in first-round matches.

As the designated home team, the Hounds offense clicked early. UIndy hit .500 as a team while jumping out to a 12-8 lead and forcing an NMU timeout.

The stoppage did little to quell the momentum, as the fourth-seeded Greyhounds rode the hot streak to a 25-16 first-set win, finishing the frame with a .444 attack percentage.

The Wildcats (19-6) looked to bounce back, taking an 8-5 lead in the second set, but UIndy responded with four straight points to retake the lead. The Greyhounds would go on to finish the frame on a 20-10 run and put Northern Michigan in a 0-2 hole.

The third set was a nail biter that featured eight ties and four lead changes. Trailing 24-22, the Wildcats fending off two match points with a 4-0 run to remain alive.

Despite a late charge from the Wildcats, the fourth set was ultimately the last. The Greyhounds used a momentum-grabbing 6-0 run in the middle of the set and later earned their third match point of the day at 24-19. NMU scored three straight to creep closer, but the Hounds earned the win on an anti-climatic service error by the Wildcats.

One storyline on the day involved the UIndy libero spot. Head Coach Jody Butera opted to move all-conference libero Lyndsay Callahan (pictured) to her natural outside hitter position, sliding sophomore Amy Oldenburg into the libero spot.

"With Lyndsay on the left side, it not only gives us more leadership in the frontcourt,” says Butera, but also increases her touches and limits the substitutes we need to make.”

The move paid off with a win, yes, but it also proved fruitful statistically. Callahan notched her first double-double of the year with 13 kills and 12 digs, while Oldenburg finished with a match-high 15 digs.

Callahan was just one of four Greyhounds with a double-digit kill total, as Courtney Anglemyer (12 kills), Kristina Hefferan (11) and Kristina Kerrigan (11) all turned the trick. Cheneta Morrison recorded 47 assists, Anglemyer had five block assists and Kenzie Bruggeman added 10 digs.

The tournament continues with the regional semifinals tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. UIndys opponent will be the winner of the Hillsdale/Southern Indiana match later this evening. Earlier in the day, the higher seeds prevailed, as Lewis and Grand Valley earned the right to face each other in Saturdays first semi. Hillsdale is the No. 1 seed and host of the eight-team event. Click here to view the tournaments official homepage. ounce back, taking an 8-5 lead in the second set, but UIndy responded with four straight points to retake the lead. The Greyhounds would go on to finish the frame on a 20-10 run and put Northern Michigan in a 0-2 hole. The third set was a nail biter that featured eight ties and four lead changes. Trailing 24-22, the Wildcats fending off two match points with a 4-0 run to remain alive. Despite a late charge from the Wildcats, the fourth set was ultimately the last. The Greyhounds used a momentum-grabbing 6-0 run in the middle of the set and later earned their third match point of the day at 24-19. NMU scored three straight to creep closer, but the Hounds earned the win on an anti-climatic service error by the Wildcats. One storyline on the day involved the UIndy libero spot. Head Coach Jody Butera opted to move all-conference libero Lyndsay Callahan (pictured) to her natural outside hitter position, sliding sophomore Amy Oldenburg into the libero spot. "With Lyndsay on the left side, it not only gives us more leadership in the frontcourt,” says Butera, but also increases her touches and limits the substitutes we need to make.” The move paid off with a win, yes, but it also proved fruitful statistically. Callahan notched her first double-double of the year with 13 kills and 12 digs, while Oldenburg finished with a match-high 15 digs. Callahan was just one of four Greyhounds with a double-digit kill total, as Courtney Anglemyer (12 kills), Kristina Hefferan (11) and Kristina Kerrigan (11) all turned the trick. Cheneta Morrison recorded 47 assists, Anglemyer had five block assists and Kenzie Bruggeman added 10 digs. The tournament continues with the regional semifinals tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. UIndys opponent will be the winner of the Hillsdale/Southern Indiana match later this evening. Earlier in the day, the higher seeds prevailed, as Lewis and Grand Valley earned the right to face each other in Saturdays first semi. Hillsdale is the No. 1 seed and host of the eight-team event. Click here to view the tournaments official homepage.