Panthers Edge Butler in Battle of First-Place Teams

Nov. 5, 2004

Final Stats

Butler and UW-Milwaukee fought to separate the tie at the top of the Horizon League standings and the Panthers used a homecourt advantage to score a four-game win Friday night in Milwaukee. Senior Areal Bienemy led the Bulldogs with 18 kills and six blocks, hitting .375 for the match. Butler now stands at 15-9 on the season and 9-2 in Horizon League play, while the Panthers improve to 16-7 (10-1).

Karen Fruit led the Panthers with 23 kills and 18 digs, as UW-Milwaukee claimed a 30-28, 30-21, 23-30, 30-21 win. The Panthers came out of the gates strong, using .304 and .514 hitting, respectively, to claim the first two games. Butler then rebounded with a game three win, forcing 14 Panther hitting errors. However, UW-Milwaukee re-grouped to take the fourth game and the match.

Junior libero Megan Knightly posted another double-figure dig performance with 12 digs, while senior Kali Carter registered nine kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Krystal Hendrix had nine kills on .348 hitting. Senior setter Sara Gallagher ran the offense, handing out 40 assists.

Butler and UW-Milwaukee split their regular season series, but Butler can still claim the Horizon League title, as league play continues through next weekend. The Bulldogs return to action in Wisconsin Saturday afternoon with a match against defending league champion UW-Green Bay. The Bulldogs finish the 2004 regular season with a pair of matches next weekend.