Bulldogs Hold Off Raiders For Third-Straight League Win, 3-1
Middle blocker Maureen Bamiro paced Butler with 13 kills and a season-high seven blocks, three other players posted double-doubles, and the Bulldogs (8-6, 3-0 Horizon League) held off the visiting Raiders, 25-21, 25-17, 17-25, 25-17, at Hinkle Fieldhouse Friday (Sept. 24) evening.
The Butler defense shined, recording four-set season-bests with 68 digs and 12.5 blocks while holding Wright State (6-8, 1-2 HL) to just .188 hitting on the night.
A fast start in the initial set saw the Bulldogs open up a 6-1 lead before the Raiders closed to within one at 10-9. A four-point run – keyed on kills by Jessica Wolfe and Jalesa Lee and a big block by the pair – pushed Butler ahead by five at 14-9. From there, the Raiders could get no closer than three the rest of the way as the Bulldogs scored an opening set victory.
Butler continued to cruise in the second set, out-hitting WSU .342 to .158 in the match and trailed only at 0-1 in the set en route to a 2-0 lead in the bout. Susan Lester provided much of the offensive thunder in the frame, ripping six kills at a .625 clip.
Wright State turned the tables after the break, catching the Bulldogs off-guard by running out to a 10-2 run at the start of the third set. Butler would not go quietly, rallying back to tie the bout at 15 before taking a one-point lead at 17-16. The effort would fall short, however, as the Raiders shut down the Dogs during a 9-0 run to close the set.
The fourth set was all Butler, as the home team never trailed on the way to a 3-1 decision. Bamiro's six kills and .625 hitting effort led the way – including the match-clinching point off a pass from Gina Vera.
Bamiro paced the Bulldogs with 13 kills on .417 hitting and chipped in a match-high seven blocks. Wolfe added 11 kills and a match-best 15 digs, while Maggie Harbsion posted double figure kills (10) and digs (13). Vera dished 42 assists and added 12 digs.
Butler returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 2, when it welcomes league foe UIC to town for a 4:00 p.m. contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse.