September 17, 2011

Bulldogs Sweep YSU

Butler def. Youngstown State 25-19, 25-23, 25-21

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler volleyball team bounced back from a Friday night loss in dominant fashion, sweeping Youngstown State, 3-0, Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Freshman Kelly Kyle had 16 digs and junior Gina Vera handed out 35 assists as BU hit .304 as a team.

Just hours after a 3-0 loss to Cleveland State in the league opener, Butler made quick work of the Penguins. BU's sweep took just 78 minutes to complete.

"One thing we're working on is moving on. So no matter what has happened before, we need to put that away and stay focused on what we have coming up," head coach Sharon Clark said. "And that was today's match. I thought we did a great job."

Kyle's 16 kills came on .333 hitting (16-6-30). Freshman Belle Obert added nine kills, five digs and two blocks while also hitting .333 (9-2-21).

"I thought Belle Obert did a really nice job. She swung really well and did a great job of blocking for us on the left side," Clark said. "She really shut down their attack and she was a force hitting. It was good to see her get her feet under her and be confident." 

The Bulldogs won the match's first four points and withstood an early Youngstown State rally to win the first set. Up 14-11 after a YSU timeout, Butler traded points with Youngstown State until it led 21-18. An ace by freshman Stephanie Kranda made it 22-18 and forced another timeout. Butler led 23-19 when a bad set by Youngstown State and a kill by sophomore Maggie Harbison clinched the set 25-19.

The early moments of the second set were close, but the Bulldogs would soon take control. Leading 9-6, BU went on a 6-3 spurt to lead 15-9 at a timeout. Butler would maintain a lead of six at 17-11 when the Penguins won four straight points. BU got the next three points to go up 20-15 and the Dawgs managed to stay a step ahead of YSU for a 25-23 set and a 2-0 lead in the match.

Butler (5-8, 1-1) actually trailed in the third set 11-10 before ripping off a 7-1 run that gave the Bulldogs a 17-12 lead. Moments later, Butler would go up 19-14 when Youngstown State called another timeout. The Penguins pulled to with 21-19 and 22-20 but BU got three of the last four points to clinch the sweep.

Butler has never lost to Youngstown State, which joined the Horizon League in 2001. BU is 22-0 all-time vs. YSU.

The Bulldogs are at Milwaukee next Friday for the weekend's lone contest. BU will host North Dakota Monday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. ET.