Sept. 6, 2003
Butler fell to Conference USA power Cincinnati in the Bulldogs' second match at the Bearcat Invitational. The 30-27, 30-24, 30-28 decision drops the Bulldogs to 4-2 on the season, while Cincinnati improves to 5-1.
Julie DuPont led the host Bearcats with 20 kills and 12 digs. Maria Pongonis added 19 kills and nine digs. The Bearcats had 67 kills to only 44 for the Bulldogs, but Cincinnati committed 24 errors which kept Butler close in all three games. Cincinnati is the toughest opponent for the Bulldogs so far this season, as the Bearcats have made four consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament.
Junior Kali Carter once again led Butler with 15 kills and nine digs. This is the first time in the Bulldogs' six matches that Carter has not recorded a double-double. Areal Bienemy had 13 kills for the Bulldogs. Senior setter Amanda Matthews led the team in assists with 33, while Alyssa Cress was the only Bulldog in double figures in digs with 12.
Butler had a chance to climb back in the match in the second game, leading 23-22. But Cincinnati scored eight of the next nine points to jump out to a commanding 2-0 lead. The Bearcats led throughout almost all of games one and three.
The Bulldogs turn right around and face Marshall at 4 p.m. this afternoon. The Thundering Herd is 2-3 on the season, dropping matches against Cincinnati and New Mexico State in the Bearcat Invitational.