October 23, 2004

All-Around Effort Leads Bulldogs to Sweep of NDSU

Oct. 23, 2004

Box Score

Senior Kali Carter's 17 kills led Butler to its second straight sweep Saturday, as the Bulldogs topped visiting North Dakota State, 30-23, 30-16, 30-23. Butler hit a season-high .342 in the match, as five players posted at least seven kills. With the win, Butler improves to 13-8, while NDSU falls to 5-16 on the year.

Carter added seven digs and two service aces, hitting .317 for the match. Senior Areal Bienemy and sophomore Susana Henri had eight kills apiece, while Krystal Hendrix and Candice Washington each added seven. Senior Sara Gallagher directed the offense, handing out 35 assists. Junior libero Megan Knightly had her 23rd consecutive double-digit dig performance with a match-high 19.

"We got great nights from Kali and Meg," said coach Sharon Clark. "We've gotten great performances from a variety of players over the last few weeks, a lot of the team has been stepping up. This was a nice weekend for us as we prepare for two good teams in Youngstown State and Cleveland State."

Both teams hit well in the opening game, as Butler took a 30-23 decision behind .381 team hitting and five kills from Carter. The Bulldogs won eight points on Hendrix's serve in the opening game and committed just two hitting errors.

Just when it looked like the Bulldogs couldn't play much better, they did. Hitting a solid .452, Butler rolled to a 30-16 second-game victory. Carter had six kills in the frame and the team posted 4.5 blocks in the game after not having a block in game one. The blocking was the main contributor to the Bison's -.032 hitting in the game. After two games, the Bulldogs were hitting .411 as a team and incredibly the lowest individual hitting percentage among players with at least two swings was Bienemy's at .308.

For the second match in a row, Butler would close it out in three. The Bulldogs hit .227 in the final game to take the game and the match, 30-23. The Bulldogs had six players hit better than .300 in the match, led by Washington's .600 (7-1-10) mark.

"These shorter matches are nice this time of year," said Clark. "We've been able to work on some things and stay crisp. We're definitely looking forward to a strong finish."

Butler puts its league-leading 7-1 Horizon League record on the line for two home matches next weekend, welcoming Youngstown State Friday and Cleveland State Saturday. The Bulldogs and UW-Milwaukee will enter the weekend tied atop the standings with Butler holding the tiebreaker, having defeated the Panthers Oct. 9.