INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis rallied after trailing by four to win the third set and complete a 3-0 sweep (25-18, 25-15, 25-23) of Hillsdale on its home court at Ruth Lilly Center.
The top-seeded Greyhounds (30-7) advanced to the quarterfinals for the second time in school history (2009) after reaching the regional final for the fourth year in a row.
Senior Kristina Kerrigan, junior Brittany Anglemyer and sophomore setter Meghan Binkerd were all named to the Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team for UIndy and all were significant contributors in the win against Hillsdale (17-16).
Kerrigan produced 10 kills, nine digs and four blocks, while Anglemyer hit .500 with nine kills, five digs and two blocks. Binkerd distributed 31 assists with a season-high seven kills, six digs and two blocks.
Senior Kourtney Crawford added six kills hitting .417, while junior Kenzie Bruggeman had six kills and five digs. Sophomore Julia Watkins controlled the net with seven blocks and senior Amy Oldenburg led the back row with a match-high 18 digs.
UIndy hit .264 with 41 kills, 52 digs and 10 blocks, while the Chargers hit .111 with 39 kills, 45 digs and six blocks.
Freshman Emily Wolfert led Hillsdale with 11 kills and was named to the all-tournament team with senior Lauren Grover and junior Caitlin Kopmeyer. Grover had nine kills and three blocks, while Kopmeyer had seven kills and eight digs. Alexis Waugh passed out 28 assists and Bailey Lindner picked up 12 digs.
The first set opened with six ties and three lead changes until a kill by Bruggeman started a 5-0 run to put the Greyhounds up 13-8. Kerrigan scored the final three points on two kills and a block assist with Anglemyer. Hillsdale remained within one 18-17 on Wolfert’s kill, but an error by Haylee Booms and kill by Anglemyer pushed the lead back to three. HC got a Kopmeyer kill on the next point, but Crawford answered for UIndy as it closed the set 25-18, winning on Kopmeyer’s error. UIndy hit .310 with 12 kills and five blocks that limited Hillsdale to .073 attacking on 12 kills.
Two kills by Kopmeyer and a block by Bekah Draves and Grover put the Chargers up 8-6 in the second set, but UIndy roared back with a 7-3 run to regain the lead 13-11. The Chargers came back with the next two points, but another kill by Anglemyer started a 12-2 run to end the set 25-15.
The Greyhounds used their momentum from the first two sets to race to a four-point lead in the third, but Hillsdale pulled within one quickly. UIndy pulled away again to lead 15-11. Wolfert came right back with a kill to start a Hillsdale run that put it in front 20-17. Kills by Crawford and Anglemyer cut the lead to one 20-19 and led to a Hillsdale timeout.
In the final minutes of play, the Chargers suffered from a miscommunication as Carpenter’s set attempt set up match point for UIndy. The Chargers went to Kopmeyer on the right side attack but her cross-court attack went wide as the student section rushed the floor to celebrate with their Greyhounds.