Sept. 25, 2004
Senior Areal Bienemy picked up her 1,000th career kill and classmate Kali Carter posted another 20-20 performance for the Bulldogs Saturday, but it wasn't enough as Butler fell, 3-1, to visiting Cincinnati at Hinkle Fieldhouse. With the 30-20, 30-26, 21-30, 30-22 loss, Butler falls to 6-7 on the year, while the Bearcats improve to 6-6.
The 12th of Bienemy's 14 kills in the match put her at an even grand for her collegiate career. She hit .321 for the match, adding five total blocks. Carter led the Bulldogs with 21 kills and 21 digs, her 11th double-double in Butler's 13 matches. Junior Candice Washington added nine kills and five blocks. Butler had 10 blocks in the match.
"We did a nice job today of keeping our offense balanced," said coach Sharon Clark. "Candice stepped up with nine kills today, providing us a nice spark. We're proud of Areal for getting that milestone and for the way that she and Kali perform night after night. We have a tough road trip at Youngstown State and Cleveland State coming up and we'll work on those things that we didn't do so well tonight."
Cincinnati, which has appeared in five straight NCAA Tournaments, was led by a career-high 33 kills from Julie DuPont, who had eight of them in the first game, as the Bearcats hit .429 to jump out to a 1-0 lead. Butler tried to rebound in the second game, using six Carter kills to pull close before Cincinnati made a late run for a 30-26 win. DuPont added seven kills in the stanza.
Carter's seven kills in the third game led a .351 hitting effort as Butler rolled to a 30-21 win. Four blocks, most involving Washington, helped hold the Bearcats to .103 hitting in the frame. Cincinnati finished off the match in four behind 18 kills in the final game, as Butler didn't record a block.
Maria Pongonis added 11 kills for the Bearcats, who had three players record double figures in digs, including both DuPont and Pongonis. Junior Noel Olson handed out 55 assists. For Butler, junior libero Megan Knightly had 14 digs and Sara Gallagher had 44 assists.
The Bulldogs return to Horizon League play, where they currently stand at 1-0, with a weekend jaunt to Ohio for matches against Cleveland State (Friday) and Youngstown State (Saturday). Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse Oct. 15 to host league foe UIC.
Notes: Prior to Saturday's match, senior Kali Carter was honored for her 30-30 performance against Western Illinois Sept. 10. It was the first such feat in Butler history and included a single-match high of 32 kills.