Butler Sweeps Wright State 3-0
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Butler volleyball team is 7-1 overall after sweeping Wright State 3-0 on Tuesday night (25-7, 25-16, 25-21). The Bulldogs have won three-straight matches and are now a perfect 2-0 inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Morgan Peterson set up the hitters evenly on Tuesday as the senior tallied a match-high 28 assists against the Raiders. Belle Obert and Erica Stahl shared the team lead with nine kills each and Stephanie Kranda impacted the game with eight kills and a .467 attack percentage.
Defensively, Brooke Ruffolo controlled the backline with 20 digs and the Bulldogs once again used their height to their advantage making nine team blocks compared to just one for Wright State. Kranda led the team with six blocks, Stahl and Kelly Kyle each added three.
The Bulldogs were very efficient in the first two sets, hitting .500 in the opener and .484 in the second. The closest set of the evening was the third as Butler hit .162.
"I thought our intensity was great at the start of the match," Head Coach Sharon Clark said. "We hit very well with few errors tonight and it showed."
The first set went by quick as Butler dominated from the start with a 4-0 lead. Wright State used their first timeout facing a 7-2 deficit and that gap grew to 15-4 before head coach Susan Clements used her second stoppage. The pause in the action didn't work as Butler scored five-straight points to reach 25. Kranda recorded back-to-back kills and a service ace from Kelly Kyle put the 'Dogs at set point. The Raiders would end the first set with an attack error giving Butler the 25-7 win.
Set two started exactly like set one as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 4-0 lead. The Raiders tried to take the lead for the first time by getting within a point at 10-9, but a 6-0 run gave the Bulldogs a nice 16-9 cushion. Wright State tried to kill the momentum with a timeout at 22-14, but Mary Striedl, Kyle and Obert finished the Raiders 25-16.
Set three was the most entertaining as Wright State took their first lead of the night at 3-2. The Raiders pushed their advantage to 8-3 before a Butler run would tie the game at 9-9. The middle of the set was back-and-forth action, but another late run by Butler would make the difference as the 'Dogs outscored Wright State 5-1 to get to match point. Kyle sent the final kill to the court to improve the Bulldogs record to 7-1.
A long stretch of home games are on the horizon for Butler as the team will host two tournaments the next two weekends. First up, will be the Butler Invitational with Illinois State, IPFW and No. 15 Michigan State. The Bulldogs will face Illinois State and IPFW on Friday and end the Invite with a 7 p.m. match vs. No. 15 Michigan State.