Result: Butler def. Valparaiso 25-14, 25-20, 25-19
INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler women's volleyball team began the second half of its Horizon League season like much of the first half, defeating Valparaiso 3-0 Friday evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Junior Maureen Bamiro led the league-leading Bulldogs with 14 kills on .500 hitting.
Butler, which has now won nine of its last 10, is 8-1 in the league and 13-7 overall.
"We have been working hard on being aggressive but also cutting down on our errors," head coach Sharon Clark said. "The girls stepped up and played well, and our crowd was phenomenal."
BU rolled in the first, sprinting out to a 20-9 lead en route to a 25-14 win. Valparaiso got no closer than 21-13. Bamiro had five kills in the set.
The second set was a little closer, but the Dawgs still maintained control throughout. BU led 12-7 early, and Valpo would close to within 17-13 but get no closer. Butler won the next four points to lead 21-13 and would cruise 25-20 to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
The Bulldogs would roll in the third, leading 6-0 to take the air out of Valpo's attack. The Crusaders (16-5, 5-4) would close to within 14-13 at one point, but the Dawgs bounced back. A hard kill by Wolfe would be the clincher in the 25-19 set.
Sophomore Gina Vera handed out 41 assists (13.67 per set) to help the Dawgs to a .307 hitting performance. Valparaiso hit just. 157, and no Crusader had more than seven kills.
Butler will host Loyola Saturday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. Fans attending Butler football's game vs. Dayton can attend volleyball for free with their game ticket.
NOTES: Katie Daprile, who broke the school record for career digs last week, before the match was presented a game ball by Butler Athletics Director Barry Collier marking the record...Butler volleyball hosted Sisters in Sport before the match, and the event drew a steady crowd of women's athletics enthusiasts.