INDIANAPOLIS – Kristina Kerrigan had 13 kills, while junior Kenzie Bruggeman notched 10 kills and 10 digs to lead Indianapolis agianst Rockhurst 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-19) in the first round of the NCAA tournament at Ruth Lilly Center.
Senior Kourtney Crawford hit a season-high .643 with nine kills, five assists and three blocks, while the middle blocker combination of junior Brittany Anglemyer and sophomore Julia Watkins combined for 14 kills and seven blocks.
Sophomore setter Meghan Binkerd controlled the attack with 38 assists, while adding 13 digs and senior Amy Oldenburg led all players with 16 digs.
The Greyhounds limited the Hawks (28-7) to only .057 attacking with 29 kills and 22 errors. On the other side of the net, Binkerd had UIndy hitting at a .301 clip with 48 kills and 14 errors.
Rockhurst was led by freshmen Katie Loescher and Alyssa Arnold with eight kills each, while freshman setter Whitney Kostal led the team with 26 assists and nine digs.
UIndy was hyped from the start and raced to a 9-3 lead in the opening set after Crawford and Watkins blocked Maggie Hummel to force a Rockhurst timeout. A kill by Bruggeman pushed the lead to eight (12-4) but the Hawks answered with three in a row. Bruggeman had two more kills around an ace from Kimberly Trojan to push the lead back to eight (15-7) and UIndy cruised to the opening set win at 25-14. UIndy hit .385 with 17 kills in the first, while Rockhurst was held to .073 attacking and eight kills.
Another fast start had Rockhurst calling a timeout with UIndy holding a five-point lead at 8-3. The Greyhounds pushed the lead to seven (13-6) but the Hawks scored three quick points to force UIndy head coach Jody Rogers to call a timeout. The Greyhounds responded with back-to-back blocks by Watkins, one with Binkerd and the other with Kerrigan, to make Rockhurst head coach Tracy Rietzke use his last timeout.
The Greyhounds remained up seven (22-15) after a kill by Anglemyer and went on to close out the set at 25-20, with a block by Watkins and Crawford on Hummel. UIndy hit .286 in the set, while holding the Hawks to .044 hitting.
Rockhurst never led in the match and only tied the score three times, two of which came at one-all and two-all in the third set. A block by Watkins and Kerrigan, a Binkerd ace and a Kerrigan kill put UIndy up three and the Hawks were fighting from behind again.
The lead moved to six at 9-3 after a Crawford kill and Shelby Holland ace, but the Hawks hung around to close within two (15-13) after a block by Hummel and Kelsey Stratman. UIndy responded with kills by Anglemyer, Kerrigan and Watkins to go back up five (18-13) and ended the match on Bruggeman’s blast at 25-19.