Bulldogs Improve to 11-6 with Win Over IUPUI
Sept. 30, 2003
Kali Carter had 21 kills and 18 digs, while senior setter Amanda Matthews added 64 assists as the Bulldogs rallied from a 2-0 deficit to down host IUPUI in five games. The thrilling 29-31, 29-31, 30-24, 30-15, 15-9 victory improves the Bulldogs to 11-6 on the season, while the Jaguars drop to 5-9.
Matthews' banner night also included 16 digs and the 64 assists were two shy of her career high. Krystal Hendrix and Candice Washington added 17 kills apiece. Washington's six total blocks led the Bulldogs. Freshman libero Alyssa Cress paced the visitors with 21 digs on the night.
This was Butler's fourth five-game match of the season. The Bulldogs nearly rallied from an 0-2 deficit against IPFW Sept. 2, only to fall 16-14 in the deciding game. The Jaguars were not as fortunate. After two hard-fought 31-29 games, the Bulldogs got stronger as the match went on. The Bulldogs hit .444 (17-1-36) in the fourth game and .421 in the fifth stanza to end the match with a .281 (79-24-196) mark. The Jaguars countered by hitting .201 (73-31-209) for the match, including .068 and .087 in the fourth and fifth games, respectively. The Bulldogs stayed fresh, playing a season-high 13 players.
"IUPUI played really well and jumped out on us," said coach Sharon Clark. "We were able to get it together in the third game. We served tough throughout the match and Krystal (Hendrix) and Megan (Knightly) really pulled us through this match."
Knightly posted seven kills and 15 digs for the Bulldogs. The Jaguars were led by Tracy Bailey's 18 kills, Erin Jones 21 digs and Tanna Smith's 60 assists.
The Bulldogs return to Horizon League action Friday night against Wright State at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The match begins at 7 p.m. Butler remains at the top of the Horizon League with a 2-0 conference record.