Oct. 30, 2004
Senior Kali Carter's 19 kills led Butler to a 30-18, 36-34, 30-25 sweep of visiting Cleveland State Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs have now won nine of their last ten matches, improving to 15-8 overall and 9-1 in Horizon League play. Butler remains atop the league standings heading into next weekend's Wisconsin trip. Cleveland State drops to 15-8 (5-6).
Senior Areal Bienemy added 12 kills, hitting .500 on 20 swings. Senior Sara Gallagher had 47 assists, leading the Bulldogs to a season-high .355 hitting percentage. Sophomores Krystal Hendrix and Susana Henri each had nine kills. That total tied a career-high for Henri.
"We're excited to overcome a very talented Cleveland State team," said coach Sharon Clark. "We did a great job hitting, serving and blocking. It's great to be 9-1 in conference and we're fortunate to be playing well heading into our Wisconsin trip, which is always tough."
Butler hit .429 in the first game, using five Carter kills and five team blocks to take a 30-18 decision. The teams matched up for a marathon game in the second stanza. Both teams hit well (.404 for Butler and .314 for Cleveland State), with Carter once again leading the way with ten kills. The teams were never separated by more than two points in the game, as Butler got consecutive kills from Hendrix and Bienemy to close out the game.
Butler led, 15-9, midway through the third game and held off a late Viking rally to take a 30-25 game in the deciding game. The Bulldogs finished the match with just ten hitting errors.
Defensively, Bienemy had six total blocks, including three of the solo variety in the third game alone. Junior libero Megan Knightly posted 15 digs, her 25th consecutive match with 10+ digs. Carter narrowly missed a double-double with nine digs and junior Candice Washington had five blocks, as Butler out-blocked the Vikings 11 to five.
Butler travels to co-leading UW-Milwaukee Friday for a 7 p.m. match. The teams share 9-1 league records, but the Bulldogs own the head-to-head tiebreaker by beating the Panthers at the beginning of October. The team travels to Green Bay Saturday for a 4 p.m. match.