Oct. 29, 2004
Butler stayed atop the Horizon League standings with a 30-24, 24-30, 30-14, 30-20 win over Youngstown State Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Senior Kali Carter had a match-high 15 kills for the Bulldogs, while classmate Areal Bienemy added nine kills and nine total blocks, tying a career high. Butler dominated the net in the match with 13 blocks to the Penguins' three. With the win, Butler improves to 14-8 (8-1 Horizon League), while YSU falls to 9-15 (1-9).
Sophomore Krystal Hendrix turned in one of the Bulldogs' best all-around performances of the season, posting seven kills, seven digs and a career-high five service aces. Butler hit .262 for the match, as senior Sara Gallagher handed out 39 assists. Butler's blocking and 37 Penguin hitting errors contributed to the team's .092 hitting, including negative percentages in two of the four games.
"Our blocking really set the tone for this match," said coach Sharon Clark. "Areal, with her nine blocks, really controlled the net. This is our best display of controlling the net all season. Krystal served well and really got us going in the third game. It was a good team effort, but several individuals really stepped up. Kali had a great match as well with only two errors on 44 swings."
Both teams got off to slow starts in game one, as the teams combined for ten service errors. Butler used five blocks to post a 30-24 win in the opening frame, leading from the second point on. YSU rebounded with a 30-24 win of their own in the second game, with 18 kills and .227 hitting. After the intermission, Butler opened up a 10-5 lead and cruised to a 30-14 decision. In the game, Butler used a 13-1 run midway through to take control of the match. Butler hit .379 in the game, while holding the Penguins to a -.042 mark.
In the fourth game, Butler once again had exceptional hitting, knocking down 14 kills to just two hitting errors for a .353 percentage. Youngstown State used a 4-0 run to pull within two at 14-12 before Butler heated up and went on for the 30-20 win.
Butler's junior libero Megan Knightly posted 17 digs, her 24th consecutive double-digit dig performance. Melanie Pounders led Youngstown State with 11 kills and 23 digs.
Butler returns to action Saturday afternoon, hosting Cleveland State at 4 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The match is sandwiched in between a pair of Butler sporting events, with the football team hosting San Diego at 1 p.m. and the women's basketball blue-white scrimmage will follow the volleyball match.