Result: Milwaukee def. Butler 23-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Milwaukee defeated the Butler women's volleyball team, 3-1, Saturday afternoon, clinching the Horizon League regular season title in the process. The Bulldogs got a match-high 19 kills and 12 digs from senior Jessica Wolfe in the loss.
"We needed some players to step up for us tonight," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We aren't full strength right now, and you have to be to beat a team as good as Milwaukee.
"We'll work hard this week to rebound for next weekend."
Butler won the first set 25-23 before Milwaukee took command of the match. The second set was close early, with Milwaukee holding a 13-11 lead after a kill by Wolfe. That lead grew to 20-14, forcing a Butler timeout. Milwaukee went up 24-16 before the Dawgs managed to win a few points, forcing Milwaukee to call a timeout to regroup. UWM's Elizabeth Egerer's kill clinched the second set and made it 1-1.
The third set was the closest of the match. A kill by Wolfe tied the set at 13. Milwaukee built a 20-17 lead later, forcing a Butler timeout. After a pair of BU points, the Panthers got five of the last seven points to take the set 25-21 and a 2-1 match lead.
The Bulldogs held an early 14-10 lead in the fourth set until Milwaukee went on a big run. A 7-1 UWM stretch made it 17-15. Moments later, the Panthers took five more points and led 24-16. The Bulldogs got three straight points before an Egerer kill clinched the victory.
BU (17-9, 11-3 HL) will close its regular season next weekend at home. BU hosts Youngstown State Friday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. and Cleveland State in the season finale the next day.