Sept. 16, 2003
The Dayton Flyers used a consistent hitting attack and strong blocking to down the host Bulldogs 30-22, 30-18, 30-23 Tuesday night. With the loss, the Bulldogs drop to 8-5 on the season, while Dayton improves to 8-3.
Not a single player registered double figures in kills on the night. However, the Flyers only had ten attack errors, compared to the Bulldogs' 30. The Butler miscues led to a hitting percentage of .048 (37-30-146). Dayton countered with a .248 (41-10-125) mark. The Flyers contributed to some of those hitting errors with strong net play, posting 13 blocks in the contest.
Dayton's Erin Treadway paced the Flyers with seven kills and 13 digs. Christy Utnage, a graduate of Roncalli High School in Indianapolis, added eight kills and nine digs for the visitors. Areal Bienemy led the Bulldogs with nine kills.
Freshman libero Alyssa Cress recorded a career-high 22 digs in the match. That mark matched the team's season high for the 2003 campaign, set by junior Kali Carter in a four-game match against New Orleans Aug. 30.
The Bulldogs have a busy homecoming weekend upcoming. The team hosts a squad of Bulldog alumni players at Hinkle Fieldhouse for an exhibition match Friday at 7 p.m. The team then turns around and welcomes Big Ten power Illinois Saturday at 4 p.m. The Fighting Illini have a record of 7-1 entering Tuesday's action.