INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Maureen Bamiro led the Bulldogs with match highs of 16 kills and seven blocks as the Butler volleyball team blanked IUPUI, 3-0, Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. BU volleyball has now won five of its last six matches.
Despite a slow start, the Bulldogs were able to keep their crosstown opponent Jaguars at bay. The Bulldogs won each set 25-21, as each team trade points until Butler would ultimately pull away. The first set was tied at 20 when BU went on a 5-1 run to close the first set.
The second set was close early before BU built a 20-13 lead on two straight kills by senior Susan Lester. Butler would get the next two points to go up 22-13 before IUPUI went on a run. The Jaguars closed to within 24-21 before a Bamiro kill clinched the set and gave Butler a 2-0 match lead.
Playing a variety of different combinations, Butler would roll in the third and final set. The Dawgs led 13-11 when they ran off nine straight points behind the serving of freshman Maggie Harbison. Up 22-12 after Harbison's service run, BU would close out the set five points later. A kill by senior Jessica Wolfe ended the match.
"We had some success with our quick attack, hitting quickly," head coach Sharon Clark told reporters after the match. "They really couldn't stop Maureen (Bamiro), and we wanted to attack quickly."
Butler (7-6) resumes Horizon League play this Friday vs. Wright State. The Bulldogs seem to be coming together after playing a very tough early-season schedule.
"I think we're playing well," Clark said. "We are hitting and passing well and our chemistry is good. We intentionally scheduled tough early, and that has helped us prepare. I like where we are right now."