INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Maggie Harbison had 16 kills and six blocks to lead the Butler volleyball team to a 3-1 win over Temple on Sunday. Butler has now won four straight matches.
The victory allowed Butler to keep pace in the standings and keep hope alive of securing a spot in the Atlantic 10 Volleyball Championship. Butler has won match remaining, against Saint Louis next weekend.
Harbison, BU's leading hitter, hit .455 and had just one attack error on 33 swings.
"Maggie was our leader today and her hitting was amazing," head coach Sharon Clark. "She was smart and aggressive at the net and they couldn't stop her."
Clark also lauded setter Morgan Peterson, who had seven kills and 15 digs to go with her 34 assists.
"Morgan gave Maggie great sets," the Butler coach said. "We got great blocking from her. She brought her 'A' game today."
Butler, one of the nation's top blocking teams, once again dominated at the net. BU had a 17-4 blocks advantage and held TU to .060 hitting on the day. BU is also one of the nation's leaders in aces and served up six on the day.
"Our blocking and serving have been the difference this season," Clark said.
After winning the first set quickly 25-14, the Bulldogs hit .286 in a 25-18 second-set win. Trailing 2-0 in the match, Temple regrouped. The Owls had 16 kills and out-lasted the Bulldogs 25-20. BU answered back in a big way, destroying Temple 25-8 in the fourth and clinching set. It was the most lopsided score for Butler in several years.
BU (15-11, 6-7) has one match remaining, at home against Saint Louis Saturday, Nov. 10. The match vs. SLU is after the men's basketball game against Elon.