INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team put the finishing touches on a great weekend as they improved to 16-3 overall with a 3-0 victory over Seton Hall (25-13, 25-16, 25-17). The Bulldogs went 3-0 this weekend against BIG EAST opponents moving their conference record to 3-1.
A total team effort gave Butler the 3-0 win over Seton Hall on Sunday afternoon as the team controlled all three sets. High attack percentages were once again an important part of Butler's success as they hit .406, .350, and .182 against the Pirates.
Morgan Peterson and Maggie Harbison posted the highest attack percentages on the team at .500 and .357. Peterson and Harbison each ended the match with seven kills while Belle Obert led the team with nine.
Stephanie Kranda was yet another impact player on Sunday as she tallied eight kills and Mary Striedl was also active offensively with seven. Striedl almost recorded a double-double as she added 12 digs in the contest. The Bulldogs were led by Brooke Ruffolo in the dig category as she recorded a match-high 21.
The Bulldogs dominated the serve category, collecting five service aces compared to zero from Seton Hall. Harbison had two of the five while Peterson, Obert and Ruffolo all added one.
Butler scored six-straight points to defeat Seton Hall 25-13 in the first set. Obert and Harbison were the driving forces late as Peterson kept her serve alive to get the quick 1-0 lead.
Set two was more of the same as Butler outscored Seton Hall 5-1 to grab a 2-0 advantage. Both Obert and Kranda recorded five kills in the second set to lead the team.
Set three was most competitive series between the two teams, but the Bulldogs used an 8-2 run to pull away from the Pirates down the stretch. Striedl and Peterson were clutch in the final set going for three kills each.
The Bulldogs will play their next four BIG EAST games on the road before hosting Marquette on Nov. 1. The next team appearing on the schedule is Xavier who will host Butler on Friday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m.