Oct. 8, 2004
The Bulldogs used an all-around effort to down UW-Green Bay, 3-1, Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse to stay undefeated in Horizon League play. The usual duo of Areal Bienemy and Kali Carter led the Bulldogs with 21 and 18 kills, respectively, but Butler received solid performances from a variety of sources in the win. With the 30-28, 30-32, 30-25, 30-27 victory, Butler improves to 9-7 overall and 4-0 in league play. The Phoenix, the 2003 Horizon League champions, fall to 4-12 and 1-3 in conference action.
Sophomore Krystal Hendrix had 17 kills and five blocks, hitting a solid .467 in the match. Sophomores Laura White and Susana Henri notched new career-highs in digs with 17 and nine, respectively. White's dig total led the Bulldogs. Junior libero Megan Knightly had 16 digs in the match, including the 1,000th of her career.
"We did a great job hitting tonight," said coach Sharon Clark of her team's .253 (72-26-182) hitting performance. "That's a big improvement for our team. UW-Green Bay played tough, but Laura came in and was phenomenal on defense. Susana played well also. She reacts so quickly. That really upped our tempo and helped us to the win."
Senior Sara Gallagher had 51 assists on the night, as the Bulldogs had 72 kills to the visitors' 58. Butler held the Phoenix to .141 hitting. Carter, Knightly and White combined for 49 digs on the night. In addition to White's career high, Carter had her 14th double-double with 18 kills and 16 digs and Knightly has posted double-digit digs in every match this season.
Butler hit .314 in the opening game, overcoming a deficit that was as large as six halfway through the frame. Down 23-27, Butler won seven of the last eight points, including five combined kills by Bienemy and Carter, to win 30-28. Butler tried for a similar comeback in the second game, fending off several game points before the Phoenix pieced two points together for a 32-30 win. Butler then got an offensive spark from Hendrix and junior Candice Washington over the last two games to take the match in four.
Butler returns to action tomorrow (Saturday, Oct. 9) with a 4 p.m. match against defending league regular season champion UW-Milwaukee. Entering weekend action, Butler and the Panthers were the league's only remaining undefeated teams.