Bulldogs Rally to Top Purdue
Oct. 28, 2003
After hitting .026 in the second game of Tuesday's match against Purdue, it looked like the Bulldogs were headed for a short night. But the home team rallied from the 2-0 deficit to down Purdue in five games. Junior Kali Carter led the Bulldogs with 20 kills and 22 digs, as the Bulldogs improved to 16-9 overall. The Boilermakers drop to 12-9 with the 28-30, 19-30, 34-32, 30-19, 15-11 loss.
Areal Bienemy (12), Megan Knightly (12) and Candice Washington (14) joined Carter in double figures in kills. Knightly posted a double-double, adding 11 digs on the night. Senior setter Amanda Matthews posted her ninth straight double-double with 58 assists and 10 digs. She also added five kills.
Just as in Saturday's loss to Loyola, the Bulldogs allowed the visitors to jump out to an early lead. After a tight 30-28 Purdue win in the first game, the Bulldogs came out flat in the second game, making nine errors. The Boilermakers countered with .324 hitting in the stanza. But the Bulldogs showed some grit and determination, inching out the third game by a score of 34-32.
From there, Butler simply out-played Purdue, hitting an incredible .410 (19-3-39) in the fourth game en route to a 30-19 win. The Bulldogs got a lift off the bench from junior Elizabeth Moreau, who replaced Krystal Hendrix in the third game. Hendrix collided with a teammate and was shaken up. Moreau registered six kills and a block.
Butler outlasted Purdue in the deciding game. Up 9-6 and serving, the Bulldogs were penalized for an illegal rotation, the second such call of the game. Butler would not allow Purdue to take advantage. The team quickly regrouped and closed out the match, 15-11. Hinkle Fieldhouse's largest crowd of the season (663) witnessed the match as both schools were well-represented in the stands.
Purdue was led by Kim McConaha's 19 kills and Daren Poe's 25 digs on the night. The Boilermakers have faced a competitive Big Ten schedule and have logged wins over ranked teams Michigan State and Minnesota.
The Bulldogs return to Horizon League action Friday night at Wright State. Butler, 6-3 in league play, is tied for third in the league standings. The Bulldogs' next home match is Nov. 14 against UW-Green Bay.