Central Michigan def. Butler 25-19, 25-21, 25-21
INDIANAPOLIS - An inspired effort by Central Michigan combined with an off night for the Butler volleyball team resulted in a 3-0 CMU win Saturday evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler, Central Michigan and Elon each finished the weekend's Butler Invitational with a 2-1 record.
No Bulldog had more than six kills as BU hit just .115 as a team. Freshman Kelly Kyle had six kills, seven digs and three blocks for Butler. Senior Maureen Bamiro added six kills and junior Gina Vera had 23 assists and two aces.
"I have to give Central Michigan credit. It was definitely their best effort of the tournament," head coach Sharon Clark said. "They played a phenomenal game, out of their minds. We didn't match it."
Butler dropped the first set after CMU pulled away in the middle of the set. A Vera ace gave Butler a 14-13 lead, but Central Michigan answered with five straight points to go ahead 18-14. The Chippewas, who hit .419 as a team in the first set, continued to slowly build their lead and would soon lead 22-16. A service error and an attack error by Butler would give CMU set point moments later at 24-17, then a Gotham kill finished the set and gave CMU a 1-0 match lead.
The second set was much like the first in that the early moments were close but CMU eventually took the lead. BU was within 17-16 before the Central Michigan went on a 6-2 spurt to lead 23-18. The Bulldogs fought back to claim three straight points and make things tight at 23-21. After a CMU timeout, a Butler service error and an ace by Central Michigan's Kaitlyn Schultz finished the set 25-21 and the Chippewas led the match 2-0.
After the intermission, Butler jumped out to a 4-1 lead. CMU evened the set 7-7 but the Bulldogs would appear in control moments later. With freshman Jadyn Yarling serving, the Dawgs went on a short 3-1 spurt to take a 13-9 lead. Central Michigan would go on to win eight of the next 11 points to lead 17-16.
At 18-18, a service error and an attack error by Butler gave CMU a 20-18 lead and forced BU to call a timeout. A Bamiro kill and an ace by Yarling made it 20-20, but the Chippewas went on to win five of the last six points to clinch the set and the sweep.
Butler finishes non-conference play with a 4-7 record. BU opens Horizon League play next weekend when Cleveland State and Youngstown State come to Hinkle Fieldhouse. CSU visits Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. Follow the Bulldogs on Twitter @ButlerVB.