Oct. 24, 2003
UIC entered Friday's match with the Bulldogs winless in Horizon League play, but the Flames gave the home team all they wanted. Butler faced a game point in the opening stanza before winning the first game, 31-29. The Flames then rebounded to win the second game. However, the Bulldogs proved to be too much, as freshman Krystal Hendrix led the Bulldog attack with 17 kills and 10 digs. With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 15-8 overall and 6-2 in league play.
Hendrix hit .552 (17-1-29) for the match and added five blocks. Areal Bienemy and Candice Washington each registered 13 kills in the 31-29, 27-30, 30-23, 30-20 victory. Senior setter Amanda Matthews added 50 assists and 11 digs for her seventh consecutive double-double.
Teaha Shepperd led the Flames with 19 kills and 25 digs on the night. With the loss, UIC drops to 8-16 overall and 0-8 in the Horizon League.
A Sarah Lang kill for the Flames gave UIC a 29-28 lead in the first game. After coach Sharon Clark called a timeout, the Bulldogs won three consecutive points on a Kali Carter kill, a Carter service ace and a Bienemy kill. In the second game, neither team got ahead by more than two points until the Flames took a 27-24 advantage late in the game. UIC would hold on for a 30-27 win.
Butler held the lead throughout the third game after jumping out to a 12-4 lead. Hendrix had a kill for the Bulldogs to put the home team ahead 25-22. The freshman then served five consecutive points to put Butler out to a 2-1 lead. In the fourth game, the Bulldogs would win the final nine points (eight on Hendrix's serve) to close out the Flames, 30-20.
The Bulldogs hit .211 (66-24-199) for the match, compared to the Flames' .114 (58-37-185) mark. Freshman libero Alyssa Cress added 23 digs on the night for the Bulldogs. Megan Knightly posted 17 digs for Butler, while Carter narrowly missed a double-double with nine kills and nine digs.
Butler hosts Loyola Saturday at 4 p.m. The Horizon League match follows the Bulldogs' home football contest against Dayton, which begins at 1 p.m. The volleyball match will feature a mascot game between the second and third games and will be followed by the Butler women's basketball team's blue-white scrimmage.