UIndy beats New Haven 3-1, moves on to NCAA semifinals for first time
PENSACOLA, Fla. – Kristina Kerrigan had a match-high 18 kills and 16 digs, while junior Brittany Anglemyer scored the last four points of the match to send UIndy past New Haven 3-1 (25-16, 27-29, 25-17, 25-22) in the quarterfinals at the West Florida Field House.
Anglemyer finished with 15 kills, hitting .355, five digs, four blocks and career-high four aces to send the Greyhounds (31-7) to the national semifinals for the first time in school history.
Kenzie Bruggeman added 12 kills, eight digs and four blocks, as setter Meghan Binkerd finished with 54 assists, 13 digs and two aces.
The Greyhounds totaled 82 digs as a team in ending the Chargers' (30-2) 27-match winning streak, while New Haven had only 62. Kimberly Trojan had a career-high 18 digs against New Haven's tip-based offense, while Amy Oldenburg finished with 16 digs. UIndy limited New Haven to .105 attacking, while countering with .182 attacking and 21 more kills (59-38).
The match was all UIndy to start as the Chargers couldn't handle the serving of Anglemyer. She matched her career high with three aces in the first nine points to stake the Greyhounds to a nine-point lead at 10-1. The Greyhounds continued to keep New Haven at bay and led by 10 after Anglemyer's kill forced UNH to use its last timeout. New Haven closed within five points at 21-16, but then missed a serve and UIndy took over with two Kourtney Crawford kills, including set point..
UIndy maintained its control by jumping to a six-point lead at 11-5 after Anglemyer's kill in the second set. This time New Haven used a 3-0 run to earn a set point at 24-23 on Bai Zhang's ace. The Greyhounds saved with a block by Crawford and Watkins and then saved another on a service error. A bad set by Kaulana Ane gave UIndy a set point at 26-25, but then Oldenburg missed the serve long after a timeout by New Haven. The Greyhounds saved one more set point, but a fourth proved too much as Bruggeman's attack went long at 29-27 to even the match.
The hangover from the second set lingered as New Haven built a 5-2 lead to start the third set and force UIndy head coach Jody Rogers to call timeout. Bruggeman started with a kill and teamed with Anglemyer on a block to start a 12-4 run that put the Hounds up five at 17-12 after a ball-handling error. UIndy continued to pull away to lead by eight and finished the match on its second set point as Bruggeman tipped a ball off the block for the kill at 25-17.
New Haven was again the better team in the early going as it built a three-point lead at 10-7. Crawford's kill ended the run and gave service to Trojan and she immediately served two aces to tie the set. UIndy kept playing well and eventually ran the streak to six points to take the lead at 13-10. UIndy couldn't stretch the lead any further and New Haven took advantage with a late 3-0 run to regain the lead at 22-21.
Rogers called timeout for the Hounds and then Anglemyer took over with her four kills in a row to keep the Greyhounds alive in their pursuit of UIndy's first team national championship in school history.