Sept. 14, 2002
SAN FRANCISCO - The Butler volleyball team got redemption from last week's four-game loss to IPFW at Purdue by rolling past the Mastodons, 30-23, 30-18, 30-15 on Saturday at the University of San Francisco's Molten Golden Gate Classic. Butler finished the Tournament with a 2-1 mark, while IPFW, which won the Purdue Tournament last weekend, went winless at 0-3.
Kali Carter's six kills as well as a .366 team hitting percentage guided the Bulldogs (6-7) to a 30-23 game one win. Butler led early, as a right-side shot by Areal Bienemy gave Butler a 15-7 advantage. Carter's tip to the middle pushed Butler's lead to 24-12, but the Mastodons (5-6) weren't ready to concede. A kill by Janelle Pollard followed by a Krista Solberg solo block brought the Mastodons back to within five, 26-21. But, Carter's kill stopped the IPFW comeback as the Bulldogs went on to take four of the next six points.
The Bulldogs kept up their aggressive attack in game two. After trailing early, Butler surged ahead to take a 15-10 lead off a Keely Norris kill. Carter's kill off of a mishandled IPFW pass gave her team a double-digit lead, 24-14, and the Bulldogs never looked back from there, winning 30-18.
Butler used its momentum from games one and two to take control of game three early. The Bulldogs never trailed in the game, and held the Mastodons to a .000 (10-10-40) clip. Butler ended the match hitting .355.
Carter and Bienemy each posted double-doubles on the match. Carter tallied 17 kills and 12 digs, while Areal posted 10 kills, while hitting a career-best .571 (10-2-14), and 13 digs. Norris added 11 kills and Megan Knightly finished with 14 digs.
Fabiana Souza, which posted a match-high 29 kills in the two teams' first meeting this season, was held to just nine kills this time around. Pollard added nine kills and Linda Bankowski dished out 24 assists while collecting a match-high 18 digs.
Butler will take the week off to rest before traveling to Bloomington, Ind. to participate in the IU Credit Union Classic. The Bulldogs will kick off action in the tournament on Friday (Sept. 20) at 4 p.m. against nationally-ranked Louisville.