Butler Wins New Orleans Invitational
Aug. 30, 2003
Tournament MVP Kali Carter posted 18 kills and 22 digs and Louisiana native Areal Bienemy added 17 kills and seven blocks as Butler overcame host New Orleans, 3-1, in the final match of the UNO/Wyndham-Metairie Invitational Saturday night at Lakefront Arena. With the 30-23, 23-30, 30-21, 30-27 win, Butler improves to 3-0 on the season and claims the tournament title while UNO is now 1-2.
Butler started the match on a strong note, jumping to an early 9-5 lead in game one. However, UNO regrouped with a 8-3 run and claimed its first lead of the game at 13-12 off a Butler attack error. The two squads traded the lead over the next several plays before Butler pulled away with a 6-1 run to post a six-point lead with the score 24-18. The Bulldogs hung on for the 30-23 victory, capitalizing on an .119 UNO attack percentage.
With the score tied at 6-6 early in the second game, UNO took control of the set with a 10-2 run, capped by three consecutive aces from freshman Hillary Carr (Port Allen, La.), and eventually posted a double-digit advantage at 20-10. With an attack percentage of just .059 in the second game, the Bulldogs never could trim the Privateer lead to less than six points the rest of the way as UNO rolled to the 30-23 win and tied the match at one game apiece.
Butler's offensive power returned in the third set, as the Bulldogs hit a blistering .474 clip in the game. UNO hung with Butler early, but the Bulldogs notched a decisive 13-3 run to open a 23-14 advantage and never looked back, cruising to a 30-21 win.
The Bulldogs' offensive assault continued into the fourth set, as Butler registered a 17-12 lead early in the game. UNO rebounded with six consecutive points to take a 18-17 lead before Carter snapped the Privateers' run with a kill. With the score tied at 20-20, the Bulldogs posted four straight points, and the cushion proved to be enough for the 30-27 win. UNO cut the margin to one point at 28-27 but Butler answered with two kills from Carter to claim the 3-1 match victory.
UNO registered four players with double-digit kills, led by junior Ana's Urdaz, who notched a double-double with 14 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Jessica Helgeson added 13 kills while junior Jennifer Cruz and Carr each tallied 11 kills. Sophomore Jayne Duncan had 21 digs.
UNO/Wyndham-Metairie Invitational All-Tournament Team