Sept. 1, 2007
Indianapolis, Indiana - Utah Valley clinched the championship of the Butler Invitational by sweeping host Butler (34-32, 30-18, 30-20) on Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis.
Jessica Endres was named the tournament MVP after averaging 4.25 kills and 4.96 points per game with a hitting percentage of .374. Camie Manwill averaged 4.83 kills, 5.38 points and 4.42 digs per game in the tournament and was also named to the all-tournament team.
"We played at a different level today than we have so far this season," said head coach Sam Atoa. "Even though we had such a long day yesterday, we put ourselves in a good position coming into today and I thought we executed very well and took Butler out of their system."
A balanced attack, led by freshman Kayli Broadbent's 15 kills and .371 hitting percentage, helped the Wolverines (3-1) complete a perfect 3-0 record in the tournament. UV defeated Tennessee Tech (3-2) and Northern Illinois (3-1) on Friday.
Manwill (15 kills/19 digs) and Kristi Lindley (46 assists/14 digs) both had double-doubles for UV while Jessica Endres posted 14 kills. Allyce Wilson increased her season long streak with at least 20 digs to four, finishing with 21 in the match.
Utah Valley trailed for much of the opening game and fell behind 32-31 before consecutive Manwill kills and a Kristin Anderson kill (all three on Lindley assists) secured a 1-0 lead for the Wolverines.
UV then used small runs throughout games two and three to leave little doubt on its way to the sweep.
Lindley averaged 12.67 assists per game over the course of the three mathces while Wilson had a dig average of 5.58 per game.
Utah Valley will host the UVU/LaQuinta Inn & Suites Inviational next weekend. In-state rival Weber State, San Jose State and Arizona State will all be in Orem for the two-day invitational next Friday and Saturday. The Wolverines will face Weber State on Friday night at 7pm, San Jose State on Saturday at 11:30am and Arizona State at 7:30pm.
"Hopefully the way we played today will help carry us into next weekend," said Atoa. "These are very good teams that we will be facing and while it will be good to be at home it will still be a big challenge."
Jessica Endres, UVU (MVP)
Meagan Schoenrock, NIU
Camie Manwill, UVU
Laura Baetzel, NIU
Porshia Allen, BU
Michelle DeGeeter, BU