Sept. 12, 2002
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. - The Butler volleyball team fell to Sacramento State in three games, 30-18, 30-25, 30-25, on Thursday at Hornet Gymnasium. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 4-6 on the season while the Hornets improve to 7-1, the program's best start since the 1995 campaign.
Butler's passing woes and .088 hitting percentage led to a 30-18 game one loss. The Bulldogs rallied the troops in game two, staying even with the Hornets throughout most the game. Back-to-back Areal Bienemy kills pulled Butler within 23-22, but Kazmiera Imrie's kills down the stretch insured a Sacramento State victory. Imrie posted seven kills in the game as the Hornets ran away with the 30-25 win.
The Bulldogs continued to take it to the Hornets in game three, as Laura Klancnik's kill down the line gave Butler a 17-13 advantage. But Loretta Coffman and Sandra Bandimere turned on the offensive attack when Sacramento State needed it most, giving the Hornets a 30-25 victory.
Sacramento State, which is the alma mater of Butler's head coach Sharon Clark (1986-89), hit .320 on the match.
Bandimere led all players with 15 kills, while hitting an impressive .414 on the match. Imrie and Jayme Wright each chipped in 12 kills for the Hornets while Lisa Beauchene dished out a match-high 40 assits.
Butler will participate in University of San Francisco's Molten Golden Gate Classic this weekend (Sept. 13-14). The Bulldogs will kick off tournament action tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. against No. 25 Washington State. Butler will then take on USF on Saturday at 1 p.m. before battling it out against IPFW at 7 p.m. that night.