Nov. 7, 2003
Junior Kali Carter led a Butler offensive explosion with 22 kills and 26 digs in the Bulldogs' 30-18, 30-27, 31-33, 30-28 win at Youngstown State Friday night. The Horizon League win improves the Bulldogs' overall record to 17-10 (7-4 in league play), while the Penguins fall to 9-16 (1-11).
Friday night's match was the third consecutive match where Carter has gone over the 20-kill and 20-dig plateau. The 26 digs tie a Butler season high. The Columbus, Ind., product hit .286 (22-6-56) for the match. Senior setter Amanda Matthews posted her 11th straight double-double with 66 assists and 13 digs. The assist total was two short of her career high.
Sophomore Megan Knightly had a strong match, contributing 18 kills and 21 digs. Freshman Krystal Hendrix had 15 kills and 15 digs on the night. Junior Sara Gallagher, used for the first time all season as the libero, had 17 digs. Areal Bienemy and Candice Washington threw in 14 and 13 kills, respectively.
Colleen Royer led the Penguins with 23 kills and 21 digs on .328 (23-3-61) hitting. The Penguins hit .210 (66-22-210) for the match, compared to the Bulldogs' .232 (86-30-241) mark. Youngstown State did win the blocking battle, 13-8.
The Bulldogs continue Horizon League play in Ohio tomorrow afternoon, taking on the Vikings of Cleveland State at 2 p.m. The Vikings, 3-9 in league play, knocked off Wright State Friday evening. The Raiders' loss provides the Bulldogs with a two-game cushion between their current No. 4 league standing and the Raiders's No. 5 position.