Sept. 10, 2004
Senior Kali Carter turned in a career night for the Bulldogs Friday, leading the host team to a 3-1 win over Western Illinois by racking up 32 kills and 30 digs. Both marks set new career highs for the Columbus, Ind., native. After dropping the first game, the Bulldogs rallied for a 26-30, 30-23, 30-27, 30-27 win in their opening match of the Butler Invitational, presented by Wyndham Hotels.
The win makes three straight triumphs for the Bulldogs, who improve to 3-2 on the year. Carter hit .288 for the match, adding five assists and four blocks. Classmate Areal Bienemy chipped in 22 kills, as the duo teamed up for 54 of the team's 70 kills. Senior Sara Gallagher handed out 55 assists and picked up 11 digs to post a double-double, while junior libero Megan Knightly had 19 digs.
"It's great to win our home opener," said coach Sharon Clark. "We knew we were a little off because of people not feeling well, but we played through it tonight. Kali turned in a great effort tonight and Meg ran our defense well like she always does. We're looking forward to two tough matches tomorrow."
The Westerwinds (2-5) jumped out to the first game win, committing just three hitting errors to the Bulldogs' 13. Carter had 10 kills in the opening stanza, but Western Illinois won five of the game's last seven points to prevail, 30-26. The Bulldogs hit better in the second game, rebounding for a .226 mark compared to .062 in the opener. Carter nearly posted a double-double in the second game alone with nine kills and 13 digs.
With Butler up 15-10 in the third game, the Westerwinds went on a 9-0 run, only to see the Bulldogs rally for a 30-27 victory. Carter and Bienemy combined for 15 of the team's 20 kills in the game. Butler closed out the four-game match with another 30-27 win in the deciding game.
For the match, the Bulldogs hit .155 compared to Western Illinois' .122 mark, while posting 94 digs to the visitors' 76. Western Illinois' Lisa Suellentrop lead her team with 28 assists, 10 kills and six digs, while Kali Landis added a team-high 12 kills.
Butler returns to action at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with a match against Jacksonville State as Butler Invitational action continues. The Bulldogs also close out the four-team round robin tournament Saturday at 7 p.m. against Bradley. The NCAA Hall of Champions "Stay in Bounds" program presents a road show Saturday at 6 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse for any youth that would like to attend. Hot 96.3 will also be broadcasting live from the tournament Saturday afternoon.