RESULT: Butler def. UNC-Wilmington 25-14, 25-6, 25-17
INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler volleyball team wasted no time taking control of Friday's Butler Invitational opener, leading from start to finish in a 3-0 sweep over UNC-Wilmington. BU will play Army this evening at 6 p.m.
Senior Jessica Wolfe led Butler with a match highs of 15 kills and 13 digs while hitting .500. Freshman Maggie Harbison had 12 digs and led the Bulldogs with six block assists. Freshman Claire Randich added five block assists and junior Maureen Bamiro had four.
Butler (3-5) dominated at the net, racking up a season-best 10.0 team blocks and keeping the Seahawks (3-5) from getting into any sort of rhythm. Offensively, BU posted six service aces and hit .333.
"This was definitely a serving and blocking match for us," head coach Sharon Clark said. "It was our best service performance of the year. We kept them from ever getting into a flow. Blocking-wise, Maggie and Claire were a wall."
The match was an efficient one for the Dawgs, as they dismantled the visiting Seahawks in 70 minutes. After winning the first set 25-14, Butler cruised to a 25-6 win in the second set. Butler led 12-5 early in the second set before ripping off a 12-0 run for set point. UNCW managed a point before a Randich kill finished the set and gave BU a 2-0 match lead.
The third set wasn't much different, with Butler once again jumping out to a 12-5 lead. The Dawgs extended the lead to 19-10 on a kill by senior Susan Lester. Up 22-13, the Bulldogs slipped a bit and UNCW went on a 4-0 run to close within 22-17. A Wolfe kill and a pair of kills by senior Jalesa Lee finished the set 25-17 and completed the sweep.
No UNCW player had more than five kills, and the Seahawks hit .011. UNCW's Haley Collins had 10 digs and two service aces.
"UNC-Wilmington is a quality team, as are all of the teams we have here this weekend," Clark said. "We just played well and didn't let them get going."
This weekend's home event continues Saturday, Sept. 11 with three more matches. Butler will play Xavier in the final match at 6 p.m.