Sept. 6, 2003
Butler rebounded from a loss to Cincinnati earlier in the day to drop the Thundering Herd of Marshall in three games in the team's final match at the Bearcat Invitational in Cincinnati.
Kali Carter led the Bulldogs with 13 kills and 20 digs. Senior setter Amanda Matthews also tallied a double-double with 33 assists and 11 digs in the 30-27, 30-28, 31-29 win. The Bulldogs improved to 5-2 on the season, finishing the Bearcat Invitational with a 2-1 record. Carter and Candice Washington were named to the All-Tournament Team. This is the second such honor in as many weeks for Carter, who was named Tournament MVP of the New Orleans Invitational last weekend.
Marshall's (2-4) 16 service errors were the difference in the match as both teams struggled with low hitting percentages (.154 for Butler and .174 for Marshall). In the first game of the match, Butler had more errors (11) than kills (ten) for a -.023 percentage, but still found a way to win the opening stanza.
Isabell Anderer led Marshall with 11 kills and nine digs on .440 (11-0-25) hitting. The Thundering Herd dropped all three matches in the invitational.
Joining Carter and Washington on the All-Tournament Team were Marshall's Nicole Michal, New Mexico State's Trinia Cuseo and Maria Pongonis and Rachel Torblaa of host Cincinnati. Outside hitter Julie DuPont of Cincinnati was named Tournament MVP.
The Bulldogs travel to Oxford, Ohio Tuesday night for a match against Miami before returning home to host Alabama Thursday in Butler's home opener at 7 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs host San Francisco, Southern Illinois and Appalachian State over the weekend in the Butler Invitational.