Panthers Stop Bulldogs in Three
Oct. 18, 2003
The Bulldogs ended their two-game Wisconsin swing by falling to UW-Milwaukee in three games. The 30-25, 30-27, 30-27 defeat was the second consecutive league loss for the Bulldogs, who fall to 14-8 overall and 5-2 in Horizon League play. Karen Fruit led the Panthers with 13 kills and 19 digs, as the Panthers remained undefeated in league play at 7-0 and improved to 18-3 overall. Junior Kali Carter led the Bulldogs with 14 kills.
Senior setter Amanda Matthews added 37 assists and 11 digs for the visitors, while Megan Knightly and Alyssa Cress posted 17 and 12 digs, respectively. Carter had a double-double on the afternoon, registering 13 digs to go along with her team-leading 14 kills.
In addition to Fruit's double-double, the Panthers got 37 assists and 12 digs from Lindsey Spoden and ten digs apiece from Melissa David and Robin Alt. Both teams had 48 kills and 70 digs in the match with the Panthers posting a 10-9 block advantage. The Panthers hit .175 (48-21-154) for the match, including a .044 mark in the first game. But the defending league champions were able to hold the Bulldogs to .127 (48-28-158) hitting over the course of the match to edge the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs return home to face UIC and Loyola next weekend. Friday's match begins at 7 p.m., while the match against the Ramblers starts at 4 p.m. Butler falls to third place in the Horizon League behind the Panthers (7-0) and UW-Green Bay (6-1) after this weekend's action.