September 2, 2011

Bulldogs Lose 3-0 To Texas A&M

Texas A&M def. Butler 25-16, 25-20, 25-17

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some non-conference contests early in the season come in handy later in the year. Butler volleyball's 3-0 loss to Texas A&M Friday afternoon might end up just that.

Playing for the second time in the University of Portland Classic, the Bulldogs found themselves on the short end of the score. But, the defending Horizon League champs know this loss against a tough opponent will pay dividends later in the season.

"This match was a step in the right direction for our inexperienced players," head coach Sharon Clark said. "Our leadership was stronger today and we continue to need better leadership from our upperclassmen."

Texas A&M (5-0) hit .392 as a team and found eight aces in the sweep of the Bulldogs. The Aggies' Kelsey Black had 13 kills on .417 hitting and Alisia Kastmo had 12 kills and hit .625 to lead Texas A&M.

"Texas A&M is an experienced Big 12 team that serves tough and has a tremendous go-to outside hitter," Clark said.

Freshman Kelly Kyle led BU with 10 kills and two blocks. Sophomore Maggie Harbison led all players with four blocks.

Butler will play Nevada later this evening and close the tournament Saturday, Sept. 3 against Washington State.