Bulldogs Pull Out Tough Five-Game Win
Nov. 8, 2003
For the second time this season, the Bulldogs pulled out a five-game win over Cleveland State. With Saturday's 25-30, 30-16, 30-26, 27-30, 18-16 decision, Butler improves to 8-4 in Horizon League play and 18-10 overall. Junior Kali Carter's 22 kills and 15 digs led the Butler attack. With the loss, the Vikings drop to 16-15 (3-10 in Horizon League).
Carter's 22 kills were her fourth consecutive match with 20-plus kills. She narrowly missed her fourth straight 20-20 performance. Senior setter Amanda Matthews posted 46 assists and a team-high 16 digs. It was her 12th straight double-double. Sophomore Megan Knightly turned in her second strong showing of the weekend trip with 10 kills and 13 digs.
The Vikings got out to a strong start, hitting .500 (21-2-38) in the opening stanza. The Bulldogs countered with a .333 (16-2-42) clip, but it wasn't enough as the home team won the opening game, 30-25. The Bulldogs rebounded to dominate the second game, holding the Vikings to -.125 hitting, for a convincing 30-16 win.
The Bulldogs used that momentum to take game three, 30-26. However, Cleveland State would not roll over, fighting back for a 30-27 game four win. That would send the match to a deciding fifth game.
Both teams had matching .115 hitting percentages in the final game as the Bulldogs prevailed 18-16. The Bulldogs have won six of their ten five-game matches this season.
Jamie Bouyer led the Vikings with 23 kills, while setter Kelly Crain had 59 assists. Her 1,318 assists this season set a new Cleveland State single-season record.
The Bulldogs enter the final weekend of league play alone in fourth place. The conference's top two teams, UW-Milwaukee and UW-Green Bay, come to Hinkle Fieldhouse next Friday and Saturday to conclude the regular season. With two wins, the Bulldogs have a chance to close out the regular season as the No. 2 seed in the league tournament, to be held at Hinkle Fieldhouse Nov. 21-23.