September 14, 2004

Bulldogs Block Saint Louis' Bid at Road Win

Sept. 14, 2004

Butler used 14 blocks to defeat visiting Saint Louis, 3-1, Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs' blocking forced the Billikens into 34 hitting errors and held the visitors to just .076 hitting throughout the match. Senior Kali Carter led the Bulldogs with 19 kills and 15 digs, as Butler levels its record at 4-4 with the 30-26, 22-30, 30-20, 30-16 triumph.

Senior setter Sara Gallagher added a double-double as well, posting 45 assists and 14 digs, running the Butler offense at a .192 hitting clip. Areal Bienemy threw down 13 kills and tied a career high with nine total blocks, while junior Megan Knightly had a team-high 20 digs.

"We did such a good job blocking tonight that we really controlled the tempo of the match," said coach Sharon Clark. "Fourteen blocks are always going to help you. I thought we also did a better job of ball control tonight throughout the match. It was a good team effort tonight, but Sara did a great job of setting and playing defense."

Butler started on a fast note, winning the first six points of the match and held a lead throughout the first game. The Billikens pulled within three at 27-24 before two Saint Louis errors put the Bulldogs on the verge of a first-game victory. Senior Elizabeth Moreau's lone kill of the match ended the 30-26 first game. Carter had five kills in the game, as the Bulldogs held the Billikens to .000 hitting with nine errors.

Saint Louis rebounded in the second frame, knocking down 18 kills to just four hitting errors. Lauren Boissevain had six in the game en route to a team-high 13 for the match. After getting a 16-9 lead, the Billikens extended the lead to as much as ten before winning the game, 30-22.

After the break, Butler returned to the driver's seat, winning nine of the last 11 points of the third game for a 30-20 decision. Butler committed just five errors in the game, hitting at a .219 clip, while the Billikens had 11 errors to just nine kills for -.053 hitting. Bienemy had five kills in the game, while the Bulldogs mustered six blocks.

From there, the Bulldogs turned it up a notch to finish off Saint Louis, 30-16, in the fourth and final game. Carter's eight kills highlighted a .312 team hitting performance, as the Billikens committed ten errors to the Bulldogs' three. After the Billikens pulled within four at 10-6, the Bulldogs' lead never dropped below five points, closing out the match.

With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 2-0 on Tuesday nights this season, one week after dismantling Dayton, 3-0, on a Tuesday night in Ohio.

"We love playing on Tuesday nights," said Clark.

Jessica Poorbaugh tied Boissevain for the team lead with 13 kills, while libero Kayla Kmitta had a match-high 25 digs.

The Bulldogs travel to College Park, Md., for weekend action in the Maryland Invitational. Butler joins host Maryland, Georgetown and Northern Arizona in the four-team, round robin tournament, which kicks off Friday afternoon. The Bulldogs' next home match is Sept. 25 against Cincinnati.