Nov. 20, 2010

HILLSDALE, Mich. -

Courtesy of Indianapolis Athletics

For the second straight year, the UIndy volleyball team (26-8) came back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to defeat Hillsdale at the 2010 NCAA Midwest Regional semifinals Saturday. The loss snapped the top-seeded Chargers' 26-match winning streak.

Unlike last season, 8th-ranked Hillsdale (27-2) had the home court advantage Saturday, but in front of nearly 500 fans at Jesse Phillips Arena, UIndy again pulled off the come-from-behind win.

The match began with the best of omens, as senior Lyndsay Callahan recorded her 128th career ace on the initial point. UIndy held the lead for the majority of the first set but never led by more than three.

The Chargers tied it at 20-20 and looked to take their first lead since the scoreboard read 5-4, but UIndy rallied to score four of the last five points to take set one. The Hounds out-hit Hillsdale .448 to .152 in the opening frame, with All-GLVC first teamer Kristina Kerrigan providing five kills.

The Chargers, who had not lost a match since Sep. 3, came out with renewed purpose in the second set, jumping out to a quick 5-2 leadand forcing a UIndy timeout. The margin continued to grow, as Hillsdale outpaced the Hounds by a factor of two with leads of 8-4, 14-7 and 20-10.

HC endured a 4-0 mini-run from UIndy before finally taking the second set 25-17 to even the match.

Less early 1-0 and 3-2 leads by UIndy, the third set also belonged to Hillsdale. The Charger lead topped out at 18-11 when the Hounds managed a 5-1 rally to pull within three.

Indianapolis would get no closer, as a 25-21 win in the third gave the home team a 2-1 advantage.

UIndy would have to duplicate last year's come-from-behind win versus Hillsdale, when the Hounds came back from a two-sets-to-one deficit to beat the Chargers in five in last season's semifinal.

Head Coach Jody Butera made some changes prior to the fourth, moving Lyndsay Callahan from outside hitter to libero and starting Kourtney Crawford on the front row.

The fourth set featured three ties in the first eight points before the home team built a small cushion at 15-11 and cue a timeout.

The stoppage proved effective, as the set completely changed from that point. The Greyhounds finished the frame on a 14-5 run and force a fifth a final set.

The momentum stayed with the Greyhounds in the finale. After Hillsdale aced the first point, UIndy scored seven of the next eight points to inch closer to the win.

Hillsdale pulled within three at 10-7, but could not stop the Hounds from getting to 15 and advancing to their second consecutive regional final.

Kristina Hefferan led all players with 22 kills while adding a .348 hitting percentage. Kerrigan had 17 kills, Cheneta Morrison compiled 49 assists and 15 digs, and #Amy Oldenburg recorded 22 digs.

For the third consecutive match, the Greyhounds will face a ranked team, as No. 12 Grand Valley State Lakers await UIndy in the regional final. Start time is scheduled for 4 p.m.