Result: Cleveland State def. Butler 25-23, 25-21, 25-19
CLEVELAND - The Butler volleyball team saw its five-match win streak come to an end Tuesday night, as the Bulldogs lost a 3-0 decision at Cleveland State. Despite the loss, Butler is still tied for first place in the loss column in the Horizon League standings.
The Vikings, last year's regular season champion in the league and tourney runner-up, served as a tough test for the Bulldogs,who had won seven of their last eight.
"We came out a little flat and played average defense tonight," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We played a little tight and couldn't completely settle into our game.
"We should bounce back tomorrow against a hungry Youngstown State team."
CSU (13-1, 4-1 HL) won a close first set 25-23. The two teams traded points throughout, with Butler forcing a CSU timeout with the scored tied at 14. BU claimed a 20-19 advantage before three straight kills by Cleveland State made it 22-20. The teams traded points for the rest of the set until the Vikings could finish the set.
Cleveland State quickly went ahead 10-4 in the second set before the Bulldogs battled to tie it at 13. CSU led 19-18 when it scored two points in a row, forcing a BU timeout. A Viking ace made it 23-19 and CSU's Kara Koch picked up two kills to finish the set 25-21.
The Vikings led 10-5 in the third and would maintain that advantage until 18-13, when Butler would call a timeout. The Bulldogs regrouped and answered to pull within 19-17, but Koch scored two kills to put Cleveland State ahead 21-17 and regain the momentum. CSU would claim the third set 25-19 to clinch the match.
Koch had 14 kills and 12 digs for the Vikings. Lindsey Griffith added 12 kills.