Valparaiso def. Butler 25-21, 16-25, 25-17, 25-16
VALPARAISO, Ind. - The Butler volleyball team has traveled the country this season playing some very stiff competition. However, BU's toughest opponent right now is itself. The Bulldogs played well at times but lost, 3-1, Saturday evening at Valparaiso.
The Bulldogs hit for a higher percentage than the Crusaders, scoring at a .209 clip to Valpo's .206 mark. BU also had 12.0 team blocks, but a long list of unforced errors were too much for the young Bulldog team to overcome. Butler had nine reception errors, six blocking errors and five service errors.
"Making unforced errors is our enemy right now," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We played well in the first two sets but made far too many unforced errors in the third and fourth sets."
Sophomore Maggie Harbison had nine kills on .500 hitting and made five blocks. Senior Maureen Bamiro had 10 kills and five blocks and freshman Belle Obert finished a strong weekend of hitting with 10 kills.
After losing a close first set 25-21, Butler traded points in the second period with Valparaiso until the two teams were tied 11-11. The key stretch came then when BU won four straight points to lead 15-11. Leading 18-14, Butler then scored the next three points to extend the lead to 21-14. A pair of attack errors on Valparaiso finished the set and the match was 1-1 at the break.
Valparaiso rolled in the third and fourth sets, continually taking advange of Bulldog miscues. Morgan Beil had 15 kills for Valparaiso (13-6, 4-1). Taylor Root and Lindsey Hauch each had 21 digs to lead Valpo's defense.
Butler will need to bounce back quickly as the Bulldogs are at home Tuesday night vs. Wright State. First serve is at 7 p.m.