Bulldogs Hosting Xavier, Dayton This Weekend

Bulldogs Hosting Xavier, Dayton This Weekend
Maggie Harbison and Jadyn Yarling

2012 Butler Volleyball

Butler (12-9, 2-5) vs. Xavier (13-9, 5-2) Butler vs. #18 Dayton (15-4, 7-0)
Friday, Oct. 19 - 7 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 21 - 12 p.m. ET
Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind. Hinkle Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, Ind.
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The First Serve

The Butler volleyball team returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse this weekend for Homecoming, hosting Xavier Friday night and 18th-ranked Dayton Sunday at noon. 

BU split a tough road trip last weekend, beating Charlotte 3-1 before losing to a VCU team with a 19-3 overall record. Friday's match vs. Xavier will be the first home contest for the Dawgs in 20 days, when Butler hosted Duquesne back on Sept. 29.

Junior Maggie Harbison (3.01 kills per set) and sophomore Belle Obert (2.94) are BU's leading hitters. Sophomore Erica Stahl is the A-10's second leading blocker at 1.49 blocks per set. Stahl has nine outings this year with 6+ blocks. She had a season-best 10 kills vs. Duquesne three weeks ago.

Sophomores Brooke Ruffolo (3.41) and Jadyn Yarling (2.82) are Butler's leader in digs. The starting setter is junior Morgan Peterson, who averages 9.60 assists and leads Butler in service aces (22) and is third in digs (2.49). 

The Bulldogs went 0-2 against their A-10 foes from Ohio in the league's opening weekend. The first two sets at Dayton were even, and BU was actually really close to having a 2-0 match lead. The Dawgs won the second set 28-26. Dayton then took over in the final two sets, winning 25-10, 25-14. XU swept BU 3-0 the next night.

Dayton leads the A-10 in kills (14.33) and hitting percentage (.293), while Xavier is the league's best at opponent hitting percentage (.152). 

After this weekend's action vs. Xavier and Dayton, the Bulldogs will have their final regular season road trip of the season. BU will be at Fordham Friday, Oct. 26 and at Rhode Island the next night.


BIG TEN BEATERS: The Atlantic 10 is 2-6 this season against teams from the Big Ten. Those two wins came from Butler and Dayton. The Bulldogs defeated Indiana 3-1 on Sept. 8. Dayton opened the season with a 3-0 win over Illinois back on Aug. 24. 

2010 NCAA REMATCH: Sunday's contest at Hinkle will be a rematch of the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament. After winning the Horizon League title, BU traveled to Dayton for the postseason. UD won the match 3-0 but lost to Ohio State the next night. The Bulldogs, who made their first tourney appearance since 1997, finished the 2010 season 21-10. 

IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: Butler appears on the NCAA national leaderboard in blocks and aces. The Bulldogs are 10th in the nation with 2.99 blocks per set and 71st in the country in aces at 1.49. Individually, Erica Stahl stands 14th in the nation in blocks at 1.49 per set. Claire Randich is also in the top 100 in blocks (88th, 1.16).

BU ALL-TIME vs. THIS WEEKEND: Butler is 29-22 all-time against Dayton and Xavier. Butler is 18-11 vs. UD, with its last win coming in 2004. BU has an 11-11 all-time mark against Xavier.  

YOU'VE BEEN SERVED: Butler ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in service aces with 1.40 per set. Morgan Peterson leads the team and ranks ninth in the A-10 at 0.28 aces pet set.

BUTLER ON THE BLOCK: The Bulldogs have four players (Erica Stahl, Claire Randich, Morgan Peterson, Maggie Harbison) who average better than 0.70 blocks per set. Butler owns a 12-4 record when winning the blocks battle.  

BIG HITTERS: Belle Obert and Maggie Harbison are BU's leading offensive players. Harbison owns team bests of 232 kills and 3.01 per set. Obert, who missed time due to injury in early September, averages 2.94 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 1.49 blocks per set. Stahl has posted 6+ blocks nine times this season, including three outings with 9+ blocks (at IUPUI, vs. SEMO, vs. Duquesne). 

WE MEET AGAIN: With the current A-10 schedule with 12 volleyball teams, Butler has had to play Xavier, Dayton and Saint Louis twice each. Those are the only three teams BU will meet twice during this season. The Atlantic 10 will move to 10 teams in 2013 after Charlotte and Temple move on to different leagues. 

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, when 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 victories 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 9.60 assists and 2.49 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. Ruffolo, a 2011 Horizon League All-Newcomer pick last season, has been the starter recently. The Michigan native averaged 6.00 digs per set at Saint Louis (24 digs) and at VCU (18 digs). Yarling is second on the team with 2.82 digs per set.