Oct. 25, 2003
The Bulldogs fell just short in a comeback bid after falling behind two games to none to visiting Loyola Saturday afternoon. However, the Ramblers were able to pull out the deciding game, 15-13, as the Bulldogs fall to 15-9 overall and 6-3 in Horizon League play. The Ramblers are now tied with Butler for third place in the league standings at 6-3 after the 30-25, 30-11, 33-35, 21-30, 15-13 win.
Junior Kali Carter led the Bulldogs with 18 kills and 18 digs. Senior setter Amanda Matthews posted her eighth consecutive double-double with 47 assists and 13 digs. She led the Bulldogs with a .308 hitting percentage, registering six kills.
For the Ramblers, Jorie Miguel had 21 kills and 15 digs, while Nichol Amberg posted 20 kills and 19 digs. Junior Lauren Holbrook, Matthews' former teammate at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis, added 58 assists to her team-leading 23 digs.
The Ramblers got out of the gates quickly, out-hitting the Bulldogs .172 to .075 in the first game. The Bulldogs had no answer for the Loyola attack in the second game, as the Ramblers hit an incredible .545 for a 30-11 decision. Butler's offense began to pick up over the next two games as Areal Bienemy and Carter provided some much-needed kills. The Bulldogs fought off a few match points in the fifth game before dropping the deciding game, 15-13.
Bienemy had 16 kills on the afternoon for the home team, while freshman libero Alyssa Cress led the team with 21 digs.
The Bulldogs host Big Ten power Purdue Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in a non-league match. The Boilermakers have knocked off several Top 25 teams during the season. During the match, Butler will recognize some of its student-athletes from various sports for their work on the playing field, in the community and in the classroom as part of a program in conjunction with the NCAA Hall of Champions.
Butler resumes its Horizon League schedule Friday at Wright State.