Sept. 9, 2003
Eleven Bulldogs chipped in as Butler defeated the RedHawks of Miami 3-0 Tuesday night in Oxford, Ohio. The 30-25, 30-20, 30-27 win elevates the Bulldogs to 6-2 on the season with the team's home opener against Alabama looming Thursday.
Junior Kali Carter led the Bulldogs with 15 kills, followed closely by classmate Areal Bienemy. Butler's lone double-double belonged to senior setter Amanda Matthews, who posted 37 assists and 13 digs. The Butler attack was the difference as the Bulldogs overmatched the RedHawks with 58 kills to Miami's 40 and posted a .289 (58-19-135) hitting percentage to the home team's .173 (40-18-127).
Butler jumped out to a 14-9 lead in the first game before Miami called a timeout. The RedHawks would inch as close as 18-17 before Butler pulled away for the 30-25 opening decision. Butler held leads as large as 13-4 and 21-8 in the second game before finishing off Miami 30-20. The match's final game was the most exciting as neither team led by more than three points throughout. Miami led 27-26, before the Bulldogs rattled off the final four points. A block by Krystal Hendrix capped the match.
Miami's Angie Zent was the only RedHawk in double figures in kills with ten. Suzy Wolford paced Miami with ten digs on the evening. Miami falls to 3-4 on the year.
Megan Knightly added 15 digs and nine kills for the Bulldogs, narrowly missing her second double-double of the season. She recorded 16 kills and 15 digs in the season-opening, five-game victory over Samford. Alyssa Cress added ten digs.
The Bulldogs return home to face the Crimson Tide of Alabama Thursday night. The match against the SEC foe begins at 7 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler will then host the Butler Invitational at Hinkle Friday and Saturday. Appalachian State, Southern Illinois and San Francisco round out the four-team field.