Bulldogs Take On Saint Louis This Saturday
2012 Butler Volleyball
The First Serve
Next up for the Butler volleyball team is a trip to its Atlantic 10 travel partner Saint Louis Saturday, Oct. 6. The Bulldogs enter the weekend having split at home last weekend vs. George Washington and Duquesne.
Last weekend, BU hosted its first weekend of A-10 play at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs made quick work of GW in three sets last Friday and started fast before fading the next night against Duquesne. Butler won the first set over the Dukes 25-22 but Duquesne controlled the rest of the night to beat the Dawgs 3-1.
Sophomore Belle Obert (3.18 kills per set) and junior Maggie Harbison (3.02) are BU's leading hitters. Sophomore Erica Stahl is the A-10's second leading blocker at 1.45 blocks per set. Stahl has eight outings this year with 6+ blocks. She also had a season-best 10 kills vs. Duquesne.
Sophomores Brooke Ruffolo (3.12) and Jadyn Yarling (3.02) are Butler's leader in digs (3.26). The starting setter is junior Morgan Peterson, who averages 9.70 assists and leads Butler in service aces (22) and is third in digs (2.51).
Although Saint Louis owns a 4-12 overall record and is winless in conference play, the Billikens have faced an ambitious schedule including Nebraska, Notre Dame and Santa Clara. SLU owns a 3-1 win over SEMO, a team that Butler beat 3-2 three weeks ago. SLU's leading hitter, Lauren Baumet, is from the Indy area. The redshirt sophomore is from Brownsburg.
After this weekend's action at Saint Louis, Butler will remain on the road for a tough road trip to Charlotte at VCU Oct. 11-13.
A-10 HOME OPENER: Last weekend's matches against George Washington and Duquesne marked Butler's first home weekend as a member of the A-10. They were the first home A-10 contests for all of Butler athletics.
IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Butler appears on the NCAA national leaderboard in blocks and aces. The Bulldogs are 11th in the nation with 2.95 blocks per set and 31st in the country in aces at 1.52. Individually, Erica Stahl stands 17th in the nation in blocks at 1.45 per set. Claire Randich is also in the top 100 in blocks (92nd, 1.16).
BUTLER ON THE BLOCK: BU averages 2.95 blocks per set as a team, good for second in the A-10 and 11th in NCAA Division I. The Bulldogs have four players (Erica Stahl, Claire Randich, Morgan Peterson, Maggie Harbison) who average better than 0.70 blocks per set. Butler owns an 11-3 record when winning the blocks battle.
BU ALL-TIME vs. SLU: The Bulldogs are 14-5 all-time against the Billikens. Butler's last win over Saint Louis came in 2004. Sharon Clark is 2-1 vs. SLU.
BU OVER IU: One notable non-conference win for Butler was its 3-1 win over Indiana. Following a loss to Stephen F. Austin, BU bounced back to handily defeat the Hoosiers 25-18, 25-20, 15-25, 25-14. Maggie Harbison had 16 kills in the victory, which was Butler's first over Indiana since 1996.
BIG HITTERS: Belle Obert and Maggie Harbison are BU's leading offensive players. Obert, who missed time due to injury in early September, averages 3.18 kills per set. Harbison has a team-best 199 kills (3.02 kills per set). Harbison owns five double-doubles and Obert has four. Obert's total of 19 kills vs. Coastal Carolina is Butler's highest single-match high this season.
BLOCK LEADER: Erica Stahl, a 6-4 Indy native who transferred to Butler from Cincinnati, ranks second in the A-10 with 1.42 blocks per set. Stahl has posted 6+ blocks seven times this season, including two outings with nine blocks (at IUPUI and vs. SEMO).
SHE CAN HIT TOO: Erica Stahl had her best offensive performance of the season last weekend vs. Duquesne. She had 10 kills on 15 swings and had no attack errors. For the weekend, she had 14 kills and just one error.
DEFENDERS OF THE WEEK: Claire Randich and Erica Stahl have each been named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week. Randich was honored on Sept. 10 after she led BU with 1.82 blocks per set as Butler went 2-1 at the Butler Classic. Stahl was recognized for her play at the Butler Invitational the next week, where she posted 1.79 blocks per set.
5-SET THRILLERS: Butler is 4-0 in matches that last five sets, claiming wins over DePaul, Coastal Carolina, IUPUI and SEMO. Three of the four 3-2 wins saw Butler down 2-1 in the match only to come back to win. Butler led Coastal 2-1 before hanging on to win in five sets.
SET AT SETTER: Morgan Peterson, a transfer from Middle Tennessee State, is the starting setter. Peterson is averaging 9.70 assists and 2.51 digs per set at the setter spot. In her Butler debut, the 6-0 junior was named MVP at DePaul and was also tabbed all-tourney at Pitt.
LIBERO SOPHOMORES: Sophomores Jadyn Yarling and Brooke Ruffolo hold down the defense in the back for the Bulldogs. Yarling has started the majority of the time at libero. Ruffolo was a 2011 Horizon League All-Newcomer pick last season and was the libero starter last weekend. She had a season-high 23 digs in Butler's 3-1 win over Indiana on Sept. 8.