SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – The Bulldogs snapped a two-match losing streak by defeating Seton Hall on the road this afternoon 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17). With the win, Butler improved their overall record to 17-5 which includes a 4-3 mark in the BIG EAST.
Erica Stahl helped Butler control the net as the Bulldogs recorded 18 team blocks vs. the Pirates. Stahl ended the match with a season-high 11 blocks while adding 12 kills to record her first double-double of the season.
Joining Stahl with a double figure kill count was senior Maggie Harbison who chipped in with a season-high 14 and Belle Obert who led all players with a match-high 15 kills. All three Bulldogs posted high attack percentages with Harbison leading the way at .455.
Morgan Peterson set up the action with a team-high 45 assists against Seton Hall. She added seven digs, five kills and three blocks in the win. Brooke Ruffolo led Butler with 22 digs and Mary Striedl just missed out on a double-double with 12 digs and nine kills.
A late run gave Butler a 1-0 lead after the first set as the Bulldogs dominated in the final stages of the opener. Butler scored the first point of the first set, but would trail early as the Pirates grabbed a 4-1 advantage. The turning point came midway through the set as Butler went on an 8-0 run, pushing the score to 23-17. The Pirates came up with two points near the end of play, but it never got close as Stephanie Kranda iced the win with back-to-back kills giving Butler the 25-19 victory.
Seton Hall avoided the sweep by beating Butler 25-22 in set two. The Pirates came up with the clutch run in the second set as a 6-0 run gave them a 14-13 lead. The advantage was small at the time, but the momentum had shifted as Seton Hall ended the set on a 5-2 run to even the match at 1-1.
Despite getting off to a slow start, Butler picked up a huge 25-22 win in set three to regain control of the match. Harbison broke a 21-21 tie with a service ace which forced Seton Hall into a timeout. Butler scored out of the break and a kill from Kranda got the team to set point. The action ended soon after as Stahl and Striedl met Amanda Hansen at the net to record the game-winning block for the Bulldogs.
The fourth and final set was the most lop-sided action of the afternoon as Butler sealed the win with a 25-17 victory. A 5-0 run pushed the BU lead to 18-12 and the Pirates were never able to recover. The Bulldogs sprinted to the finish line scoring the last three points of the set off kills from Kranda, Stahl and Striedl.
Butler will return to action tomorrow with a 7 p.m. match at St. John's. The two teams will hit the court at Carnesecca Arena to end the month of October. The Bulldogs will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 1 when they host Marquette at 7 p.m.