Result: Butler def. Youngstown State 25-16, 25-16, 25-15
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Sophomore Gina Vera handed out 32 assists to a balanced BU attack and the Butler volleyball team hit .274 in a 3-0 win over Youngstown State Wednesday evening. The win helps Butler keep pace for second in the Horizon League standings.
Just one night after hitting .110 at Cleveland State, the Bulldogs got their offense back on track behind the hitting of senior Jessica Wolfe (11 kills, .320 hitting), freshman Maggie Harbison (9 kills, .667) and junior Maureen Bamiro (8 kills, .385).
"We thought we would be able to bounce back. Jessie Wolfe and Maureen hit really well for us," head coach Sharon Clark said. "There were times when Maureen was unstoppable."
Butler (10-7, 5-1 HL) cruised in the first set, jumping out to a 16-7 lead early. Leading 18-12, BU picked up two straight points to force a YSU timeout. Butler would then score the next two points to go up 22-12 and would eventually win the first set 25-16.
The Dawgs also won the second set 25-16. Set No. 2 was a bit closer early, with BU leading just 11-9 after a Penguin kill. Butler broke the set open moments later while leading 16-13. A 5-1 Bulldogs run made it 21-14. Butler would get a 4-1 run to close the set and take a 2-0 match lead.
Youngstown State (2-17, 0-6 HL) would lead 4-2 and 6-5 early in the third set, but that wouldn't last long. With Vera and Wolfe serving for long stretches, BU ripped off a 7-1 run to go up 12-7 and would eventually lead by as many as 22-12.
Four different Bulldogs had at least eight digs and four BU players had two blocks in the balanced attack. No Penguin had more than six kills as YSU hit just .032.
Butler continues its long four-match road swing this weekend in Wisconsin. BU will play at league-leading Milwaukee Saturday, Oct. 9 at 3 p.m. ET. The Dawgs face Green Bay the next day, also at 3 p.m. ET.