Bienemy Powers Bulldogs To Triumph Over USFSAN FRANCISCO -- Areal Bienemy's double-double of 12 kills and 15 digs propelled the Butler volleyball team to a three-game victory over University of San Francisco on Saturday in USF's Molten Golden Gate Classic. Butler improves to 5-7 win the win, while the Dons drop to 3-6. The two teams both stand with a 1-1 record in Tournament action.
"This win was a good one for us," said head coach Sharon Clark. "We got back to playing good, solid volleyball, like we were playing in the first week of the season. We didn't have many unforced errors and our upperclassmen showed a lot of leadership -- something I think we were lacking in our last few matches."
Butler took a commanding lead in game one when Kali Carter's off-speed kill down the line gave the Bulldogs a 28-19 advantage. The Dons weren't willing to give in, though, as Brittanie Budinger's eight kills on the game helped the hosts close the gap to 29-26. But, Bienemy's kill off the hand of a USF blocker sealed Butler's 30-26 win.
Back-to-back kills by Bienemy in game two gave the Bulldogs an early 13-8 lead. The Dons fought back again, tying the game 22-22. But, Laura Klancnik and Megan Knightly turned on the offense down the stretch, helping the Bulldogs pull out the 30-25 victory.
It was Butler's turn to play from behind in game three, as USF led the entire game until Keely Norris' kill tied the score at 23. Five hitting errors by the Dons in crucial rallies put the Bulldogs ahead for good and Norris' cross court kill gave the Bulldogs' match point at 30-25.
In addition to Bienemy's double-double, Carter and Norris combined for 21 kills and junior setter Amanda Matthews added 40 assists and 13 digs.
Budinger powered the Dons' offense, finishing with 18 kills on the match. She also added a team-high 15 digs, while teammate Caroline Skacel added seven kills and 11 digs.
Butler will take on IPFW in the Tournament's evening round at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs fell to the Mastodons in four games last weekend at the Mortarboard Purdue Premiere.