Oct. 31, 2003
The Bulldogs got out to a quick start at Wright State Friday, but could not maintain the momentum as the Raiders came storming back to defeat the Bulldogs after losing the opening game. The Raiders had five players with double-figure kills and four with double-doubles in the 23-30, 30-26, 30-21, 30-24 victory. With the win, the Raiders improve to 14-11 (5-5 in league play), while the Bulldogs fall to 16-10 (6-4 in league play).
Junior Kali Carter led the Bulldogs with 22 kills and 20 digs. Her 21st kill of the match was No. 1,000 of her Butler career. Senior setter Amanda Matthews recorded her tenth consecutive double-double with 44 assists and 18 digs. Sophomore Megan Knightly narrowly missed a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs. Both Carter and Areal Bienemy hit at least .300 in the match, posting .315 (22-5-54) and .300 (10-1-30) marks, respectively.
Tricia Naseman led the home team with 19 kills and 10 digs on the night. McKenzie Tiffin added 16 kills and 16 digs, while setter Nicole Scheltema had 63 assists and 11 digs in the four-game match. Kelly Skaro (14), Eboni Kidd (10) and Alison Sipiorski (12) also posted double figures in kills.
The Bulldogs made one lone hitting error in the first game, hitting an impressive .389 (15-1-36) en route to a 30-23 opening win. While Butler's .241 (62-22-166) hitting percentage was respectable, it didn't compare to the Raiders' .318 (73-18-173) overall mark, including an astonishing .409 clip in the third game.
The Bulldogs now trail UW-Milwaukee, UW-Green Bay and Loyola in the league standings. They are alone in fourth place, a game ahead of Wright State. Butler has a full week off before heading to Youngstown State and Cleveland State next weekend. The Bulldogs' next home match is Nov. 14 against league-leading UW-Milwaukee.