Bulldogs Roll Past Indiana

Claire Randich

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler volleyball team finished its third straight 2-1 weekend with a 3-1 win over Indiana on Saturday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Junior Maggie Harbison had 16 kills and five blocks and junior Claire Randich posted nine blocks in the win over the Hoosiers.

Each of the match's four sets were blowouts, with BU dominating IU three times. Butler won the first two sets 25-18 and 25-20 before Indiana played its best period of the night. IU took the third set 25-15 but Butler put an exclamation point on the night with a 25-14 win in the fourth set. 

"We really won the serve and pass game tonight," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We served them tough and aggressive and that was the difference in the match."

Sophomore Brooke Ruffolo led Butler with 23 digs and juinor Morgan Peterson added 14. The Hoosiers hit just .105. Butler also had edges in blocks (12-7) and aces (5-2).  

Another key point made by Clark was the return of sophomore outside hitter Belle Obert, who had missed the last three matches with an injury. The 6-2 California native had eight kills and 12 digs on the night, but her impact was felt past the box score.

"Getting Belle back was a huge factor. It allowed us to get everyone back in position," Clark said. "She made some clutch plays for us. Our players did a great job filling in and she was out, but there was definitely a difference for us."

With Indiana gaining momentum with an impressive third set, the fourth was all Butler. With BU leading 9-8, the Dawgs got six points in a row with Harbison serving to go ahead 15-8. The teams traded points until it was 21-14. With Obert serving, BU got a couple of kills to go ahead 23-14 and then two Obert aces off the tape of the net clinched the match.

Jordan Haverly had 16 kills, 11 digs and four blocks to lead the Hoosiers. Caitlin Hansen had 21 digs.

Butler (7-3) will play former Horizon League opponent Wright State Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. Next weekend, the Butler Invitational comes to Hinkle. Kent State, SEMO and UC-Davis will play the Bulldogs Sept. 14-15.