September 19, 2004

Bulldogs' Rally Falls Just Short Against Maryland

Sept. 18, 2004

All-Tournament Team selections Kali Carter and Areal Bienemy led a Butler effort that came up just short against host Maryland in the final match of the Maryland Invitational. The duo combined for 51 kills in the 30-24, 29-31, 30-22, 29-31, 15-9 defeat. With the loss, the Bulldogs fall to 5-6 on the year, while Maryland improves to 5-5, winning the invitational with a 3-0 record.

Carter, a senior, had 26 digs to go along with her match-high 28 kills. Bienemy threw down 23 kills, adding a team-high four blocks. Senior Sara Gallagher handed out 52 assists, running the offense to a .123 hitting percentage. Junior libero Megan Knightly joined Carter and three other Bulldogs in double-figure digs with 21. Carter and Bienemy were named to the All-Tournament Team at all three of the Bulldogs' invitationals this season.

Maryland got out of the gates quickly, hitting .425 in the first game to secure a 30-24 triumph. The Bulldogs picked up the pace in the second game, holding the Terrapins to .107 hitting to level the match at one game apiece, 31-29.

The host school committed just three hitting errors, winning the third game 30-22. Butler overcame 13 hitting errors in the fourth game to take their second 31-29 decision and push the match to a deciding fifth game. Maryland used nine kills in the final frame to post a 15-9 win.

Maria DiLivio led Maryland with 17 kills and 25 digs, while Sarah Treadwell had a match-high 27 digs. Five Terrapins posted double figures in kills. Maryland hit .201 for the match and had 73 kills to the Bulldogs' 70. The digs were nearly identical at 102-101, but the Terrapins won the match at the net, posting 21 blocks to Butler's eight.

Butler opens Horizon League action Thursday, traveling to Dayton, Ohio, to face Wright State. The Bulldogs return home Saturday for a 4 p.m. match against Cincinnati.

Maryland Invitational All-Tournament Team
Maria DiLivio, Maryland (MVP)
Aimee Huddleston, Maryland
Sarah Treadwell, Maryland
Kali Carter, Butler
Areal Bienemy, Butler
Ashley Lancaster, Georgetown
Ellie Butterfield, Northern Arizona