Sept. 12, 2003
Butler welcomed Southern Illinois to the Butler Invitational with a decisive 30-18, 30-25, 30-19 victory. The win improves the Bulldogs to 7-3 on the year, while the Salukis drop to 1-6.
Rebounding from a defeat at the hands of Alabama Thursday night, the Bulldogs got off to a good start and never looked back. The Bulldogs hit .444 (19-3-36) in the first game, highlighted by junior Kali Carter's six kills. Senior Halston Campagna threw in two service aces in the first frame.
Carter's 18 kills led the Bulldogs. The outside hitter also added seven digs on the night, as no Bulldog registered a double-double for the first time all season. Thirteen Bulldogs saw action in the match, which contributed to the balanced statsheet. Krystal Hendrix had 10 kills, while senior setter Amanda Matthews paced the Bulldogs with 35 assists.
The Salukis could only muster a .157 hitting percentage, compared to the Bulldogs' .362 (50-12-105) mark for the match. Marissa Washington led the visitors with 10 kills on an impressive .714 hitting percentage.
Butler opens the second day of the invitational against San Francisco at 1 p.m. The Dons are 10-0 on the season after breezing past Appalachian State 30-18, 30-20, 30-24 earlier Friday. The Bulldogs close the four-team tournament Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. against Appalachian State (2-5).