Sept. 21, 2002
BLOOMINGTON, IND. - Kali Carter tallied a career-high 20 kills as Butler went on to defeat Central Michigan in four games, 30-19, 22-30, 30-27, 30-28 on Saturday at the IU Credit Union Classic. The win left Butler with a 1-2 mark in Tournament action, while the Chippewas finished winless at 0-3.
Amanda Matthews got the Bulldogs (7-9) off to a quick start, serving up five straight points, including two aces, to give Butler an early lead. After pulling within three, 10-7, Central Michigan (3-9) went on to do itself damage by recording several hitting errors down the stretch. The Chippewas hit -.024 in game one, as they fell 30-18.
CMU rallied back in game two, winning 30-23, while hitting a blazing .452. The Chippewas kept their momentum going into game three, taking an 11-8 lead in the early going. Butler pulled ahead briefly, 14-13, but CMU would keep pushing ahead, leading 26-23 in the game's final moments. Kali Carter and Matthews recorded consecutive kills to tie the game at 26. Following a 27-27 tie, Matthews tallied her sixth kill of the game to give send the Bulldogs to a 30-27 game three victory.
After a tightly contested game four, Butler went on to steal the win, 30-28. The Bulldogs led 27-25, but CMU scored the next two points to tied the game at 27. A Chippewa hitting error gave Butler the 28-27 lead, and Matthew's tip to the middle put the Bulldogs at match point. CMU made one more effort, pulling within 29-28, but Keely Norris' tip over the blockers gave Butler the 30-28 win.
Matthews had another solid game, falling just one kill shy of a triple-double, with 39 assists, 14 digs and nine kills. Carter eclipsed her previous career high, which she recorded against the Hoosiers earlier in the day, by tallying a match-high 20 kills to go along with 12 digs. Areal Bienemy and Kamy Peters rounded out the Butler defensive efforts with 15 and 14 digs, respectively.
Emily Lovejoy led four CMU players in double figures with 14 kills. Setter Shaleene Glombowski dished out 50 assists, while Ali Mcrite added 18 digs.
Butler will kick off the Horizon League season next weekend by hosting UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee in Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs will welcome the Phoenix for a 7 p.m. meeting on Friday (Sept. 27) and will battle it out against the Panthers on Saturday (Sept. 28) at 4 p.m.