Butler Sweeps Fordham

Kelly Kyle

BRONX, N.Y. - The Butler volleyball team hit .274 and built a large advantage in blocking in a 3-0 win at Fordham. A balanced offensive attack saw BU have five players smack at least seven kills on the night.

Junior Claire Randich led Butler with nine kills on .467 hitting. She also tied with junior Morgan Peterson for the team lead in blocks (5). Peterson dished 31 assists, good for 10.33 per set.

Head coach Sharon Clark lauded the play of sophomore Kelly Kyle off the bench. Kyle had seven kills, including the final two points of the match's pivotal second set.

"We had a great match tonight," Clark said. "Kelly had a great night of hitting and she played good defense."

After the Bulldogs (13-11, 3-7) took the first set 25-21, they hung on for a 33-31 win in the second. Fordham had set point six times and couldn't close it out. Down 30-29, Butler got four kills, including the final two by Kyle, to take a 2-0 match lead.

The third set was close throughout, with Butler staying a step ahead the whole time. At 23-23, Kyle smacked a kill and the Fordham committed a hitting error to send BU on the road as the victor.

Butler held Fordham to .167 hitting and had a 13.0 - 4.5 blocks advantage. Lisa Hipp led FU with 13 kills. Sara Konkel had 37 assists and 16 digs.

The Bulldogs will be at Rhode Island Saturday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. It is the final regular season road match for Butler, which is at home the next two weekends against La Salle, Temple and Saint Louis.