Bison Defeat Bulldogs, 3-0

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North Dakota State def. Butler 25-18, 25-12, 25-19

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler volleyball team dropped a 3-0 match to a very tough North Dakota State team Monday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs were held to .087 in the loss.

It was another learning process for the young Bulldog team. 

"If you look at our roster, we have six freshmen," head coach Sharon Clark said. "Consequently, we have erred ourselves out of games this year. And our upperclassmen are going through that adjustment period we're working to get better every game. And as long as I see that improvement, I'm happy with that."

Freshman Brooke Ruffolo had 22 digs and freshman Stephanie Kranda added a team-high nine kills. North Dakota State's Christy Knuth had a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs and Lauren Cammack had 11 kills.

The Bulldogs led 1-0 in all three sets, but it was all Bison otherwise. NDSU built a 6-2 lead and continued to cruise, leading by as many seven in a 25-18 set win. In the second set, Butler trailed 7-5 when the Bison went on a back-breaking 10-0 run to lead 17-5. The Bulldogs called timeout down 21-10 before falling in the set 25-12.

The Bulldogs played well in the third set, fashioning a 15-15 tie on strong serving by junior Rachel Barber and a pair of kills by senior Maureen Bamiro. The Bison answered by getting the next three points to lead 18-15. It was 23-19 when BU called timeout. NDSU won the last two points to clinch the set 25-19 and win the match.

"I thought we did a nice job in set 3, fighting back and hanging in there," Clark said. "North Dakota State is a tough team, very disciplined. We knew that coming in."

Butler (5-10) is on the road this weekend at UIC and Valparaiso.