Sept. 28, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- The Butler volleyball team dropped to 1-1 in Horizon League action with a three-game (30-20, 30-28, 30-25) loss to UW-Milwaukee on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs are 0-10 in their last ten regular-season outings against the Panthers, dating back to the 1997 season.
Melissa Lange's five service points put UWM (5-10, 1-1) up 13-5 midway through game one. Keely Norris' ace brought Butler (8-10) back to within three, 19-16, but the Panthers' offensive attack was too great, pushing the lead back to 25-17. Karen Fruit, who tallied seven kills on the game, led UWM's attack as the Panthers went on to capture the 30-20 win.
Butler took the early lead in game two, as a pair of Panther hitting errors put the Bulldogs on top, 9-5. UWM battled back, though, as back-to-back kills by Larissa Cattanach and Sarah Potts evened the score at 14. The two teams exchanged leads throughout the next several points but a trio of Butler hitting errors gave the Panthers a 23-20 lead. Following a UWM service error, Amanda Matthews' service ace knotted the score at 26. The two teams would again be even on the scoreboard at 27 and 28, but Rachel Kuebbing's kill followed by a Butler hitting error closed out the 30-28 win for the Panthers.
UWM rebounded from a 6-4 deficit in game three to take a commanding 14-7 lead. The Bulldogs rallied, as Carter's kill pulled her team back to within 22-20. UWM again pulled out to a considerable lead at 28-21. But, three consecutive kills off the hand of Areal Bienemy closed the gap to 28-24. Potts' shot to the left side line gave the Panthers match point, and Kuebbing put the game away, 30-25, with her fourth kill of the match.
Carter led Butler with a double-double of 12 kills and 10 digs, while Bienemy added seven kills and 11 digs to go along with three aces. Matthews finished with 36 assists.
Fruit three Panthers in double figures offensively, finishing with 15 kills. Potts added 12 kills and 11 digs, while Cattanach rounded out the attack with 10 kills. Lindsey Spoden tallied a double-double of 40 assists and 11 digs on the match.
UWM, which hit a blazing .444 in game one, finished the match with a .281 effort. Butler hit just .109 on the match.
Butler continues with league action next weekend, as the Bulldogs travel to UIC to take on the Flames on Friday (Oct. 4) in a 7 p.m. meeting.