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Bradley University senior Lauren Zerante collected the second-most digs in school history with 36 and fellow senior Alise Tupuritis tallied a season-best 26 kills, but it wasn’t enough as Evansville rallied to top the Braves 20-25, 25-21, 19-25, 25-21, 15-13 Friday evening. Zerante’s 36 digs are a Renaissance Coliseum record and rank as the second most digs in a match at Bradley behind Briony Hammet’s school record of 38 digs set at Evansville on Oct. 22, 2005. Tupuritis highlighted the BU offensive attack with a match and season-high 26 kills, as she notched 19 of her kills in the final three sets. Despite senior middle blocker Amy Angelos leaving the match early in the fourth set due to injury, Bradley rallied from a four-point deficit (17-13) to pull even at 19-19. Back-to-back Bradley blocks knotted the score at 19-19 and the teams were tied at 20-20 after trading points. Evansville answered with a block of its own, however, and three more BU attack errors down the stretch helped the Purple Aces take the fourth set 25-21 and force the deciding fifth. Zerante’s 36 digs moved her into ninth in Bradley history with 1,165 as she passed Amelie Rodrige (1,164 digs).  Sophomore Jessica Teel had her third double-double of the year with 26 assists and career-best 17 digs, while freshman Melissa Hoerber had 28 assists and season-high 17 digs for her fifth double-double of the season in addition to three aces to help lead the Braves. Click here to view more photo’s.


Bradley Junior Lauren Zerante notched a season-best 20 digs and fellow junior Amy Angelos collected team-highs of 12 kills and six blocks, but Saint Louis spoiled Bradley’s home opener by topping the Braves in four sets. Lindsey Dinkelacker led the Billikens with 18 kills, helping Saint Louis to a 23-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-23 win. Bradley (5-2 overall) got off to a strong start taking the opening set 25-23, behind five kills by junior Alise Tupuritis . The first set featured 12 ties and five lead changes before Bradley took control late. Tupuritis capped a 6-2 BU spurt with a kill to put the Braves in front 23-19. Saint Louis (3-4 overall) later pulled with one point at 24-23 before Angelos ended the set with one of her team-best 12 kills. Angelos led Bradley’s attack with 12 kills and season-best six blocks. Tupuritis was also in double figures with 11 kills, while sophomore setter Madison Kamp added her third double-double in her last four outings’ finishing with 36 assists and 14 digs. Zerante finished one dig short of her career high set her freshman year, collecting a season-best 20 digs. To view photo’s to purchase click here.

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