Oct. 3, 2003
The Bulldogs managed to find a way to beat a feisty Wright State squad Friday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. In a match marked by errors and digs, Butler prevailed 30-20, 28-30, 30-26, 25-30, 15-11 to improve to 12-6 on the season and remain perfect in Horizon League play at 3-0. The Raiders drop to 9-7 overall and 1-2 in league action. Juniors Kali Carter and Areal Bienemy led the Bulldog charge with 24 and 23 kills, respectively.
Bienemy got the Bulldogs out to a quick start with eight kills in the first game. Wright State hit .020 in the first stanza to aid the Bulldog cause. Down 28-23 in the second frame, the Bulldogs won five consecutive points to pull even before a Butler service error and a service ace by the Raiders' Tricia Naseman gave the visitors a 30-28 decision. The Bulldogs held the Raiders to .170 hitting in the third game to go up 2-1. But the visitors refused to fold, striking back for a 30-25 win in the fourth game.
In the deciding game, the Raiders pulled out to a 2-0 lead before the Bulldogs answered with two points of their own. The teams would then trade points until a hitting error by the Raiders' Alison Sipiorski gave the home team a 12-11 advantage. Butler won the fifth game, 15-11, by winning the frame's final five points.
Carter's 24 kills were a season high for Butler. She added 19 digs on the night for one of two double-doubles. Senior setter Amanda Matthews posted 59 assists and 13 digs, including the 1000th of her career. Libero Alyssa Cress notched a season-high 26 digs on the night, while sophomore Megan Knightly had 25 digs. Knightly's 500th career dig came two points after Matthews' milestone.
Bienemy hit .475 (23-4-40) on the night to highlight the Bulldogs' .268 (77-22-205) clip. Freshman Krystal Hendrix narrowly missed a double-double, registering 10 total blocks and nine kills.
McKenzie Tiffin was one of three Raiders to record double-doubles with 14 kills and 16 digs on the night. The Bulldogs held Horizon League "Player of the Week" Tricia Naseman in check, as she hit -.015 (11-12-66) on the night to go along with 16 digs.
The Bulldogs take a week off before hosting Horizon League opponents Cleveland State and Youngstown State Friday and Saturday, respectively. Friday's match begins at 7 p.m., while Saturday's action starts at 4 p.m.