Panthers Prevail Over Butler In League Action

Oct. 25, 2002

Final Stats

MILWAUKEE - Tari Boutin recorded a career-high 28 kills to lead UW-Milwaukee to a four-game (30-17, 30-25, 25-30, 30-18) over the Butler volleyball team on Friday at the Klotsche Center. The Bulldogs drop to 11-14 overall and 4-4 in the Horizon League, while the league-leading Panthers improve to 12-11 and 7-1 in league action.

"The bottom line was that we couldn't get a handle on Tari," said head coach Sharon Clark. "We got so caught up in her hitting that it took us out of our game."

In addition to Boutin's 28 kills, Sarah Potts tallied a double-double of 17 kills and 15 digs to go along with Spoden's 61 assists and 11 digs. Kristen Krubsack led all players with 16 digs, as UWM dominated defensively, holding a 67-50 edge in digs over Butler. The Panthers hit .311 on the match, while holding Butler to a .182 clip.

"It was nice to see that we picked it up blocking," said Clark, referring to Butler's 11 total blocks on the match in comparison to UWM's nine. "Keely did a nice job on the attack tonight and Laura was definitely and asset to us off the bench. We just need to work on getting the rest of our players involved more on offense."

Laura Klancnik led Butler with 12 kills, while Keely Norris and Kali Carter each chipped in 10. Amanda Matthew's posted the team's only double-double with 33 assists and 12 digs.

The Panthers out-hit Butler .471 to -.029 in game one, en route to the 30-17 win. UWM burst out to a 7-2 lead, and the Bulldogs never came closer than five points from there on out.

Game two was much closer from the onset as a pair of UWM hitting errors tied the game at 10. Karen Fruit then served up five straight points in giving the Panthers a 17-11 lead. UWM continued to roll, as Lindsey Spoden's ace gave the hosts a 24-16 edge. Butler battled back, though as an off-speed kill by Areal Bienemy followed by a UWM hitting error brought the Bulldogs to within 27-24. But, the Panthers tallied three of the next four points to seal the 30-25 win.

The Bulldogs regrouped in the third frame, taking a 10-4 early advantage off a cross-court kill by Carolyn Gruesbeck. Butler built its lead up to 25-16 before UWM started to rally. The Panthers cut the gap to 28-23, before a UWM service error gave Butler game point. The Panthers scored the next to points, pulling within 29-25, but a hitting error gave Butler the 30-25 victory.

The two teams traded points in the early going in game four, but a Spoden tip to the middle pushed UWM's lead to 18-10. The Panthers took a double-digit lead off of back-to-back kills by Boutin. Carter's shot down the line brought Butler to within 24-17, but a pair of Gina Petersen service aces closed out the match for the Panthers at 30-18.

The Bulldogs return to action tomorrow, when they travel to the Phoenix Sports Center to take on league rival UW-Green Bay in a 3 p.m. match.