Nov. 13, 2004
Butler's four seniors went out on a high note as the Bulldogs coasted to a 30-23, 30-20, 30-24 "Senior Day" sweep over UIC Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Senior Kali Carter had a double-double, Areal Bienemy posted eight blocks, Elizabeth Moreau had eight kills on .727 hitting and Sara Gallagher had 38 assists as the team hit .354 for the match. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 18-9 (12-2 Horizon League), while the Flames fall to 10-20 (6-8).
Carter led the way with 11 kills and 11 digs, posting her 17th double-double of the season. Bienemy had seven kills to go along with her eight blocks and freshman Michelle DeGeeter had a career-high nine blocks. However, the story of the day was Moreau, who had eight kills on 11 swings, and added three blocks.
"This was another great blocking day for us," said coach Sharon Clark. "Areal and Michelle just dominated the net, but I can't say enough about what (Moreau) did today. Eight kills on that hitting is just amazing. The team really supported her and she stepped up. Our seniors probably played the best match of their careers in their last match at Hinkle Fieldhouse."
All four seniors got the start Saturday, but it was the sophomore Hendrix who led the early charge, scoring the Bulldogs' first three points on kills. Down 17-15, the Bulldogs won 15 of the last 21 points to take a 30-23 decision. The Bulldogs had five blocks in the opening game, hitting .324 to the visitors' .000.
The rookie DeGeeter sparked the Bulldogs in the second game with five kills and three blocks, leading the Butler charge that turned .485 hitting into a 30-20 win. In the third game, the teams stayed close. A Moreau kill tied the game at 21 before the Bulldogs mounted a 9-3 run to end the match.
UIC, which hit just .080 in the match, was led by Katarina Nedljkovic's 11 kills. The three-game sweep was the third consecutive shutout for the Bulldogs, who went undefeated at home in Horizon League play. The Bulldogs surrendered just one game in their last six home matches.
Butler enters next weekend's Horizon League Championships as the No. 2 seed. The tournament format sends the top two seeds into Saturday's semifinals. The Bulldogs travel to Youngstown, Ohio for the tournament.