(Updated 11:20 a.m.) BGSU volleyball beats No. 13 BYU (8-31-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE, Sentinel Sports Editor   
Saturday, 31 August 2013 22:02
BGSU's Ashley Dunn celebrates after scoring against BYU Saturday night at the Stroh Center. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
Bowling Green State University’s volleyball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit to upset BYU, 3-2 in the final game of the Hampton Inn Invitational Saturday night at the Stroh Center. PHOTO GALLERY
BYU took the first two sets, 25-20 and 25-22 as Bowling Green was competitive, but could not close out the Cougars.
With stronger play at the net both offensively and defensively the Falcons took the final three sets, 25-22, 25-21, 15-12.
It’s BG’s first-ever win over a ranked opponent. BYU was ranked No. 13 in the nation in the preseason coaches poll.
‘‘There were times in the first two sets, t hat it wasn’t going our way. It’s great that we came back against a really great team,’’BG senior Lindsey Butterfield said.
‘‘We are a super aggressive team. I don’t think we showed that in the first two sets. We would be aggressive here and there, but this is how we play everyday in the gym,’’ Butterfield continued. ‘‘We had a lot of confidence at the end and that allows you to be more aggressive.’’
BG led 18-15 in the first set, but after a BYU time out, the Cougars outscored the Falcons 10-2 the rest of the way. BG was hurt by four service errors in the set.
In the second set, BG was leading 13-8, but the Cougars again rallied.
In the third set, BG trailed 21-19 before earning the win. Danielle Tonyan and Paige Penrod each had two kills for the Falcons in the late rally and Kaitlyn Skinner’s kill provided the winning point.
BYU jumped ahead early in the fourth set, but the Falcons rallied again. Freshman Jelena Sunjic and Tonyan each had three kills while Kelsey Bates and Tonyan combined for seven block assists in the set. Butterfield and Tonyan each had a kill in the late stages of the set and Tonyan and Bates combined for a key block.
In the final set, BG earned the first three points and never trailed. Penrod’s kill secured the win. She had three of BG’s seven kills in the final set.
‘‘We tell our team to get better one-one hundredth every day ... this, I told them, was 100 percent better,’’ BG head coach Danijela Tomic said. ‘‘To be tested like this, in this type of match, losing the first two sets, and coming back and fight, and fight, and fight, and win in five is just huge for our team development.
‘‘If everybody plays as well as they can, at this point in time, we’re going to win. And that’s what happened,’’ Tomic added.
The Falcons finished with 15 total team blocks in the match with Tonyan having eight block assists, Skinner had seven block assists and one solo block, and Bates had six block assists.
‘‘I am very pleased with our blocking,’’ Tomic said. ‘‘We are becoming a very good blocking team, very disciplined.’’
Bowling Green had 64 kills, compared to 56 for BYU.
‘‘Our philosophy is swing. At the end of the match you have to swing, you have to be aggressive,’’ Tomic said. ‘‘We were making better choices.
‘‘We said before the game to beat a team like this we have to have three players in double digit kills, and we had four.’’
Tomic was also pleased with Bowling Green’s defensive effort in the final three sets.
‘‘We want to see two or three people going after every ball, because we didn’t have that good of an effort in the first two sets,’’ Tomic said. ‘‘The kids responded and it changed the momentum.’’
The Falcons lost their first two matches of the tournament to Marquette and Creighton.
‘‘We didn’t play the first two matches as well as we wanted to. We knew we could play better,’’ Butterfield said. ‘‘We just learned from those games; it’s tough competition. We schedule tough teams to get better.
‘‘It’s just so great that it came to a head tonight,’’ she continued. ‘‘This is how we play; this is our team ... I love to see our team on all cylinders, it’s awesome.’’
BG’s leaders against BYU were: Penrod, 16 kills, 11 digs; Butterfield, 14 kills; Tonyan, 14 kills; Sunjic, 12 kills; Laura Avila, 28 assists; Erica Fullenkamp, 26 assists, 13 digs; Ashley Dunn, from Bowling Green High School, 19 digs; and freshman Madeline Garda, 13 digs.
Penrod, who had 50 kills on the weekend, was named to the all-tournament team.
In BG’s Saturday morning match against Creighton, the Blue Jays posted a 25-23, 26-24, 27-25 victory. Penrod led the way with 21 kills, Avila had 22 assists, and Dunn had 17 digs.
Creighton, No. 25 in the preseason poll, finished 2-0 to win the tournament. Marquette was 1-1 while BG and BYU were both 1-2. Creighton and Marquette did not play each other as they are both members of the Big East Conference.
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