Nov. 6, 2004
Senior Kali Carter had a match-high 20 kills and freshman Michelle DeGeeter added a career-high 15 Saturday afternoon, leading the Bulldogs to a 26-30, 30-24, 30-25, 30-20 win over host UW-Green Bay at the Phoenix Sports Center. As a team, the Bulldogs hit .300 for the match, improving to 16-9 overall and 10-2 in Horizon League play. The Phoenix fall to 7-18 (4-8).
Senior Areal Bienemy had 16 kills on an impressive .455 hitting, while DeGeeter posted her career-high 15 kills on .440 hitting. Senior Sara Gallagher registered her second consecutive double-double with 56 assists and 15 digs. Junior Megan Knightly and Alyssa Cress chipped in with 23 and 11 digs, respectively. For Knightly, it was her 27th consecutive match with at least ten digs.
"We played a great match today despite getting off to a slow start," said coach Sharon Clark. "Michelle came off the bench and really sparked us and Candice (Washington) just dominated at net with seven blocks, really turning things around in the second game. We're excited to come home and finish the regular season with two tough matches. This weekend is going to be really special for our seniors and we look forward to a strong crowd to help us through the weekend."
The home team got on the board first Saturday, taking a 30-26 decision as the teams combined for 16 hitting errors in the first game. The Phoenix used a 7-1 run to turn a 10-8 deficit into a 15-11 lead and held a similar advantage throughout the rest of the game.
In the second game, a Carter kill put the Bulldogs ahead 23-21 after the Phoenix had fought back to within one from a four-point hole. Butler would then win seven of the next ten points to close out the game. Butler improved its hitting percentage from .146 in the first game to .286 in the second. After the intermission, Butler took two games and the match with .357 and .422 hitting, respectively, in the final two stanzas. The Bulldogs had 20 kills in the third game and 21 in game four.
In what has become a trend for the Bulldogs this season, Butler out-blocked the host team by a margin of 13-4. Junior Candice Washington had a match-high seven blocks to go along with nine kills, while sophomore Krystal Hendrix added six blocks, five kills and nine digs.
Jackie Rosen led four Phoenix in double-figures with 15 kills.
Butler finishes out the regular season with a pair of home matches next weekend, hosting Loyola Friday at 7 p.m. and UIC Saturday. The 4 p.m. match against the Flames Saturday will also be the last home match for the team's four seniors, who will be recognized prior to the match.