Sept. 2, 2003
Butler fell to IPFW in a thrilling five-game match Tuesday night, falling to 3-1 on the young season. The Mastodons jumped out to a 2-0 lead after a pair of 30-25 games before the Bulldogs came storming back.
There was no quit in the Bulldogs as Butler rallied for a pair of 30-16 games to extend the match the fifth and deciding game. However, Butler couldn't quite complete the comeback, falling 16-14 in the fifth.
Juniors Kali Carter and Areal Bienemy led the Bulldogs with 16 kills apiece. Carter, fresh off her Tournament MVP performance last weekend in New Orleans, recorded her fourth straight double-double, leading the team with 17 digs. Krystal Hendrix (11), Megan Knightly (14) and Alyssa Cress (14) also recorded double figures in digs for the match. Carter, Cress and Knightly were all among the Top Ten in digs in the Horizon League entering the match.
Candice Washington added 14 kills on an impressive .480 (14-2-25) hitting percentage. Senior setter Amanda Matthews once again led the Bulldogs in assists with 44, narrowly missing a double-double with nine digs.
Butler held IPFW (3-1) to a .097 hitting percentage, compared to the Bulldogs' .212. Butler also won the battle at net with 11 total team blocks to the Mastodons' five. Fabiana Souza (14 kills and 11 digs) and Kirsta Solberg (16 kills and 16 digs) paced the IPFW attack with double-doubles.
Butler will take the next few days to regroup before traveling east for the University of Cincinnati Invitational this weekend. The Bulldogs face off against New Mexico State Friday at 5 p.m. before a Saturday double-header against host Cincinnati (1 p.m.) and Marshall (5 p.m.).