Oct. 10, 2003
INDIANAPOLIS - Cleveland State (12-9, 1-4 Horizon League) let a 2-1 lead over Butler (13-6, 4-0) slip away en route to a 24-30, 31-29, 30-28, 23-30, 11-15 loss Friday night in Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Vikings have now dropped six of their last nine matches, including four five-game losses.
"The difference tonight was that Butler out-hustled us," CSU head coach Chuck Voss said. "They kept a lot of balls alive and made the one or two key plays when they had to."
Sophomore opposite Nickole Kennedy (Sunbury, Ohio/Big Walnut) paced the Vikings with a season-high 16 kills. Sophomore outside hitter Emily Clark (Bolivar, Ohio/Tuscarawas Valley) added a career-best 14 kills and 12 digs, while sophomore outside Julie Stover (Northwood, Ohio/Northwood) tallied 14 kills and six digs. Sophomore libero Alisa Hatcher (Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine) led CSU with 14 digs.
Butler's Candice Washington recorded a match-high 26 kills, while Kali Carter added 12 kills and 18 digs.
The Bulldogs out-hit the Vikings .288 - .191 while CSU held a 12 - 6 advantage in blocks.
Cleveland State is in action again Saturday when the Vikings travel to Wright State for a 4:00 p.m. match.