Sept. 20, 2002
BLOOMINGTON, IND. - The Butler volleyball team dropped a four-game match, 30-22, 30-15, 27-30, 30-26 to Louisville on Friday at the IU Credit Union Classic. Butler fell to 6-8 with the loss, while the Cardinals improved to 8-2.
The match was delayed approximately 30 minutes because a portion of the Butler team arrived late to IU's University Gymnasium due to severe weather that swept through Indiana.
Despite Kali Carter's six kills in game one, Butler fell to the Cardinals 30-22. Butler was down 20-10 at one point, but then won eight of the next thirteen points. But, Louisville's blocking corps were just too powerful for the Bulldogs, as the Cardinals pulled out the win.
Louisville continued to roll past the Bulldogs in game two, winning 30-15. The Cardinals burst out to a 6-1 lead and then went on to dominate the rest of the game, holding the Bulldogs to a -.071 hitting percentage. Louisville's Bing Sun recorded six kills, on no errors, in the game to lead the Cardinals.
The Bulldogs kept pace with the Cardinals in game three, as back-to-back kills by Areal Bienemy, followed by a right-side shot from Carolyn Gruesbeck knotted the game at 11. The Bulldogs pulled ahead, 15-13, off a tandem block from Bienemy and Keely Norris. Butler kept the advantage, leading 23-20 heading into the stretch. Carter's kill down the line put the Bulldogs ahead 28-25. Louisville would close the gap to 29-27, but Carter would seal the game four win, 30-27, with a kill to the back-row line.
The Cardinals regrouped in the fourth frame and maintained the lead throughout. Norris' kill brought Butler to within 19-15, but Louisville took a double-digit lead, 27-17 off of Sun's kill. The Bulldogs made one last charge, scoring the next six points to close the gap to 27-23. A pair of Bienemy kills brought Butler to within 29-26, but the Cardinals ended up pulling out the game four win.
Carter led a trio of Butler hitters in double figure kills. The Columbus, Ind. native recorded a double-double of 17 kills and 11 digs, while Bienemy and Gruesbeck each finished with a dozen kills. Sophomore Kamy Peters tallied a match-high 22 digs and junior Amanda Matthews dished out 41 assists.
Sun led all players with 21 kills, while Leno Ustymenko added 16 kills. Sarah Drury paced the Louisville defensive efforts with 20 digs.
Butler will take on the host Hoosiers tomorrow in day two of the Classic at noon. The Bulldogs will then battle it out against Central Michigan at 5 p.m.