Nov. 8, 2002
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Keely Norris recorded a match-high 18 kills in Butler's 30-22, 30-19, 23-30, 30-26 Horizon League win over Wright State on Friday. Butler improves to 13-16 overall and pulls to .500 in league action with a 6-6 record. The Raiders, who are riding a five-match skid, fall to 14-12 overall and 4-8 in the league.
Norris, who was playing in her final match at Hinkle Fieldhouse, also recorded a career-high four aces and five total blocks on the match. Classmate Laura Klancnik, who was also concluding the home portion of her collegiate career, recorded six kills. Sophomore Kali Carter collected a double-double of 16 kills and 15 digs, and junior Amanda Matthews finished with 52 assists to go along with her three service aces.
"Keely finished her career here as she has played throughout her four years," said head coach Sharon Clark. "She plays so consistently and is such a hard worker. She possesses incredible leadership, and our younger players are definitely going to have some big shoes to fill when she leaves."
Butler broke loose from a 14-14 tie in game one to pull ahead 25-19. Wright State, which was plagued by a .103 hitting percentage in the first frame, committed several hitting errors down the stretch as the Bulldogs captured the 30-22 win.
A Norris service ace followed by a kill down the line from Klancnik put Butler ahead 18-11 in game two. Carter's off-speed kill gave Butler a double-digit lead at 26-16 and a Norris kill along with three consecutive Raider hitting errors sealed the Bulldogs' 30-19 win.
The Raiders recovered in game three, grabbing a 20-12 early edge. A kill from Elizabeth Moreau cut the visitors' advantage to 22-19, but the Bulldogs' hitting miscues got the best of them, as a .000 clip resulted in a 30-23 Wright State win.
Matthews' service error gave Butler an early 9-3 lead and the Bulldogs continue to roll from there, as a crosscourt kill by Carter put Butler ahead 26-20. A kill by McKenzie Tiffin followed by a Butler ball handling error brought the Raiders to within 28-25, but the Bulldogs were eventually able to record the 30-26 win thanks in part to some crafty defensive plays by Megan Knightly and Kamy Peters. Peters finished the match with 15 digs, while Knightly chipped in 14.
"Megan made a huge difference for us tonight," said Clark. "She is a very consistent player and always comes through for us when we need a big play. Our ten service aces also played a big factor in tonight's win, as did our eight team blocks. That is a really good all-around effort on our part."
Tricia Naseman led the Raiders, who hit .143 on the match, with 16 kills, while Tiffin chipped in 10. Mandy Gels tallied 47 assists and a team-best 17 digs.
Butler will return to action next weekend when the Bulldogs take on Cleveland State on Friday (Nov. 15) at 7 p.m.