Bulldogs Rout Chicago State In Home Opener

Butler def. Chicago State 25-11, 25-10, 25-20

INDIANAPOLIS - Freshman Kelly Kyle led the Butler volleyball team with 15 kills and nine digs and the Bulldogs held Chicago State to .019 hitting in a 3-0 win over the Cougars Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The victory was BU's home opener.

"Kelly did a great job swining, she was most of our offense," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We also served really tough."

Senior Maureen Bamiro hit .400 and had four blocks while the team hit a season-best .291. Freshman Brooke Ruffolo, the team's libero, had a match-high 16 digs.

Butler cruised in the first two sets with little problem. Only in the third set did Chicago State (1-7) ever threaten. The two teams traded points early in the match before Butler claimed a 9-7 lead. The Bulldogs then ripped off a 12-3 run that featured an array of Butler kills and seven Chicago State attack errors. Up 21-11, the Bulldogs quickly shut the door on the first set by winning the last four points.

BU dominated early in the second set, getting out to a 7-0 lead. Up 15-7, a kill by Kyle and an ace by Kyle put BU ahead 17-7. After a timeout, with Kyle serving, Butler won the next three points to lead 20-7. BU would cruise 25-10 to take a 2-0 match lead.

The third set was close for a bit and Chicago State actually led 15-11 heading into a timeout. Butler quickly regrouped, winning five points in a row to lead 16-15. Following a Chicago State timeout, the Bulldogs led 19-18 before taking ultimate control. BU won four straight points - including a pair of kills by sophomore Claire Randich - to lead 23-18. Another Randich kill finished the victory with a 25-20 set win. BU won 14 of the match's last 19 points. 

Head coach Sharon Clark thought the team's defense was strong.

"I thought our blocking was better tonight," Clark said. "We did a good job closing the block."

Butler is now 20-3 at Hinkle Fieldhouse since September 2009. The Bulldogs (2-6) will try to keep that trend going this weekend when they host the Butler Invitational. Austin Peay, Elon and Central Michigan come to Hinkle Sept. 9-10. Butler will play its first match Friday, Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. vs. Elon.