Oct. 11, 2003
While Saturday's match was competitive, it lacked the drama that Butler fans had almost become accustomed to. The Bulldogs ended their stretch of five-game matches at three, but ran their win streak to six with a 31-29, 30-24, 30-27 victory over Youngstown State at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Areal Bienemy led the Bulldogs with 15 kills as the home team ran its record to 14-6 overall and remained unblemished in Horizon League play at 5-0. The Penguins dropped to 8-9 (1-5) with the loss.
Krystal Hendrix recorded a career high 11 total blocks for the Bulldogs to go along with three kills and eight digs. Senior Amanda Matthews ran the offense from the setter position, posting 41 assists, 16 digs and four kills.
"Amanda did a great job of running our offense against their defense," said assistant coach Karen Weatherington. "She also served extremely well, keeping the ball short. We've been able to place our serve where we want to consistently all season."
Kali Carter had 14 kills on the afternoon, but had her double-double streak snapped at six. Sophomore Megan Knightly was once again solid for the home team, registering six kills and nine digs in the three games.
The Bulldogs were able to disrupt the Penguins' offense with stellar play at net. Butler had 14 total blocks, compared to only five for the visitors. Colleen Royer and Abby Ettenhofer led the Penguins with 12 kills apiece, but YSU was only able to hit .072 (44-34-138) for the match, including a .000 (13-13-44) mark in the second game. In comparison, the Bulldogs hit .196 (48-21-138) for the match.
"We really tried to focus on Royer," said Weatherington. "I thought we really turned our blocking on today. We did a nice job of staying aggressive at net and really affected their offense."
Down 18-26 in the first game, Matthews won eight straight service points to pull the Bulldogs back into the match. Matthews would finish the game herself with a kill. The Bulldogs held consistent leads throughout the second and third games, capitalizing on attack errors by the Penguins early in both games.
The Bulldogs make the trip to Wisconsin for matches at UW-Green Bay Friday and UW-Milwaukee Saturday. The Bulldogs entered Saturday's action tied with the Panthers for the lead in the league standings. The Phoenix were alone in third place. Butler's next home match is Oct. 24 against UIC. That match begins at 7 p.m.