INDIANAPOLIS – Kourtney Crawford had a season-high 13 kills and hit .360 as Division II No. 9 U-Indy defeated Division III No. 3 Wittenberg 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-13, 25-17) on Friday at the Ruth Lilly Center.
Kristina Kerrigan led with 17 kills and hit .342, in addition to nine digs, six blocks and two assists for the Greyhounds (13-2) in their 10th win in a row. Brittany Anglemyer tallied a .471 attack percentage with 10 kills and three blocks against the Tigers (11-3).
Meghan Binkerd dished 46 assists, in addition to nine kills and four kills on .667 attacking, while Amy Oldenburg led U-Indy with 10 digs. Julia Watkins led with seven blocks as the Greyhounds limited the Tigers to .153 attacking. The Greyhounds countered by converting at a .325 clip.
Back-to-back kills by Arielle Knafel helped start a 5-0 run for the Greyhounds to take control in the opening set after dropping the first two points. U-Indy continued to pull away and led by nine after a Kerrigan kill and Anglemyer ace. The Tigers weren’t able to challenge U-Indy as it converted on its second set point 25-19 with a kill by Kenzie Bruggeman. U-Indy hit .481 in the set, while Wittenberg was at a .281 attacking clip.
The Greyhounds led 7-5 in the second when the Tigers rattled off a 7-1 run to build a six-point lead. After a couple of rotation errors by Wittenberg led to UIndy pulling within one 17-16 the Tigers were able to go back up by three, 21-18. U-Indy couldn’t get closer than two points the rest of the way as Wittenberg evened the match 25-22 by holding U-Indy to .184 attacking in the set.
The Tigers were able to stay within two points until an 11-3 run by U-Indy put them up by 10, 20-11, after back-to-back kills by Crawford. Kerrigan swooped in for a kill on the second set point, 25-13, for the win. UIndy’s defense helped it win the third by holding Wittenberg to -.054 attacking to .393 for the Greyhounds.
There were six ties and three lead changes to start the fourth set until a kill by Binkerd started a 7-0 run by the Greyhounds capped by a block from Kerrigan and Watkins, 16-9. The Tigers couldn’t get close and UIndy closed the match with a 4-0 run and won on a Crawford kill.