RICHMOND, Va. - Sophomore Erica Stahl led the Bulldogs in kills and blocks but the Butler volleyball team lost 3-0 at VCU on Saturday night. It was the first-ever meeting between the two new Atlantic 10 Conference members.
Stahl totaled nine kills on just 17 swings and added a team high five blocks. Sophomore Brooke Ruffolo led all players with 18 digs, good for 6.00 per set.
"VCU is a big, physical team. We both blocked well but they were the better team tonight," head coach Sharon Clark said. "I thought we passed well and Morgan (Peterson) set very well tonight."
Butler hung wtih the Rams early in the first set, trailing just 9-7. But VCU ripped off an 8-2 run to pull away and would win the first period 25-15.
BU's best performance of the night came in the second set, but it ended in a tough stretch where the Rams came from behind to win. The Bulldogs earned set point at 24-19 and were primed to even the match. But VCU went on a 7-0 run highlighted by four straight Butler attack errors. Clark noted that the Dawgs just couldn't put a ball away during that fateful 7-0 run to close the set.
The Rams would win the third set 25-19 to finish the night. The set was tied 11-11 before VCU went on a 10-3 run to go ahead 21-14. The teams traded points to finish out the set.
VCU, which is 4-2 in A-10 play, has the conference's best overall record at 19-3. Anett Farkas led the Rams with 13 kills and Martina Samadan hit .400 (7-1-15) and had nine blocks. Cecilia Aragao handed out 33 assists, good for 11 per set.
"VCU is very good and worthy of their 19-3 record," Clark said.
Butler (12-9, 2-5) will return home next weekend to host Xavier Friday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. League-leading Dayton visits Hinkle Fieldhouse Sunday, Oct. 21.