October 16, 2004

Bulldogs Suffer First League Loss

Oct. 16, 2004

Box Score

All good things must come to an end. Butler dropped a 3-0 decision at Loyola Saturday afternoon, suffering its first Horizon League loss of the season. Seniors Kali Carter and Areal Bienemy had nine and eight kills, respectively, to lead the Bulldogs, but the Ramblers proved to be too much, taking a 30-25, 30-21, 30-28 win. Butler (11-8) and Loyola (15-5) are now tied with 6-1 league records.

Junior libero Megan Knightly had a team-high 16 digs in the match, while Carter added 13. Senior Sara Gallagher had 23 assists, while sophomore Krystal Hendrix turned in a nice all-around match, posting four kills, five digs and seven blocks. Hendrix led the Butler blocking effort, as the visiting Bulldogs out-blocked the Ramblers 11-2.

"This was a great back-and-forth match early on with some long rallies," said coach Sharon Clark. "We had a great blocking effort, led by Krystal today."

Senior Lauren Holbrook led the Ramblers with 54 assists and 24 digs, helping the Ramblers to 61 kills and .234 hitting. Butler hit .126 in the match, committing just 14 hitting errors.

Down two games, the Bulldogs tried to mount a comeback in game three. The game included 16 ties and eight lead changes before Loyola clinched the match by a score of 30-28.

Saturday's decision leaves Butler, Loyola and UW-Milwaukee tied for the league lead with 6-1 records as the teams hit the season's halfway mark. Butler will be looking for revenge against the Ramblers in the final weekend of the regular season, Nov. 12 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

"We're excited to be through the first round of league play," said Clark. "We feel like we've set a high standard and have matched up well with the league's best teams. We're anticipating some good competition over the next few weeks."

Butler returns to league action and Hinkle Fieldhouse Friday with a 7 p.m. match against Wright State.