Nov. 15, 2003
The Phoenix of UW-Green Bay came to Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday with hopes of claiming the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Horizon League tournament. The Bulldogs played the role of spoiler perfectly, dropping the visitors 30-27, 30-17, 30-25. Junior Areal Bienemy led the Bulldog attack with 14 kills. Butler, locked in as the No. 4 seed prior to Saturday's match, improves to 19-11 overall and 9-5 in conference. The Phoenix settle for the No. 3 seed as their record drops to 20-10 overall and 10-4 in Horizon League action.
Bienemy's 14 kills came on .400 hitting. Classmate Kali Carter matched Bienemy's .400 hitting percentage, posting 11 kills and 16 digs. Carter's second dig on the afternoon was the 1,000th of her career. Senior Amanda Matthews kept her streak of double-doubles intact, registering 36 assists and 10 digs in the three-game match.
The match was interrupted 15 points in by a fire alarm. Hinkle Fieldhouse was evacuated before play resumed 20 minutes later. The teams went back and forth in the opening stanza. With the game tied at 27, the Bulldogs rattled off three consecutive points on a block and Bienemy and Carter kills for the 30-27 decision. Carter posted five kills and ten digs in the opening game.
The Bulldogs dominated the net in the second game as sophomore Candice Washington had three solo blocks and two block assists through two games. A Bienemy kill ended the second game, 30-17. Through two games, the Bulldogs had nine team blocks and had committed only four hitting errors.
In the third game, the Phoenix used their second timeout down 23-19. UW-Green Bay would fight within a point at 25-24 before the Bulldogs won five of the next six points for a 30-25 decision.
The Bulldogs held "All-League" performer Janelle Tomlinson in check throughout the match. Her seven kills came on -.062 hitting. Butler out-hit the Phoenix by a margin of .273 to .101 for the match, as the Phoenix committed 30 hitting errors to the Bulldogs' nine. Amanda Timmers led the Phoenix with 13 kills, while Krystle Lange's 14 digs paced the visitors.
Butler will play Friday night at 7:30 p.m. versus the winner of the Wright State-Youngstown State first-round match. Check out Butler's Horizon League Championship Page for tournament information.
Notes: Saturday's match was the Bulldogs' first three-game match since losing a three-game decision Oct. 18 at UW-Milwaukee. That's a span of eight matches...Seniors Matthews and Halston Campagna were honored before the match.