Bulldogs Fall to Boilermakers in Season Opener

Sept. 1, 2004

The Bulldogs got their 2004 season off to a fast start in West Lafayette, Ind., against Purdue Wednesday night, but the host Boilermakers rallied for a 3-1 win in front of a raucous crowd of more than 1,600. Senior Kali Carter led the Bulldogs (0-1) with 25 kills, while classmate Areal Bienemy added 23 in the 28-30, 30-25, 30-21, 30-25 loss. Butler jumped out early on the Boilermakers and held on for a 30-28 first game win. The Bulldogs' 22 first-game kills came on .313 hitting, while Purdue hit at a .256 mark. Bienemy added 14 digs on the night, second on the team to junior libero Megan Knightly's 19. Carter also posted a double-double with 11 digs. Senior setter Sara Gallagher posted a career-high 56 assists, as the Bulldogs hit .214 (64-25-182) for the match. Senior Kim McConaha led Purdue with 19 kills, adding 14 digs on the night. Anne Mastandrea tied Knightly for the game-high with 19 digs, leading four Boilermakers in double-digit digs. The Boilermakers rebounded in the second game, holding the Bulldogs to .136 hitting. Cappa posted five kills, as the home team evened the match with the 30-25 win. Bienemy blasted nine kills in the game for the Bulldogs. Purdue kept up the pressure in the third game, scoring a 30-21 decision. The Boilermakers hit .341 in the frame, while holding the Bulldogs to just nine kills and .044 hitting. Butler responded with a .356 hitting clip in the fourth stanza, but the Boilermakers continued their aggressive play and hot hitting with a match-high .436 mark en route to a 30-25 victory. The Bulldogs head to DeKalb, Ill., for the Northern Illinois Invitational this weekend, matching up with No. 7 Washington Friday and the host school Saturday. The Bulldogs open play at Hinkle Fieldhouse Friday, Sept. 10 against Western Illinois in the opening round of the Butler Invitational, presented by Wyndham Hotels.