September 11, 2012

Bulldogs Rout Wright State In 3

DAYTON, Ohio - The Butler volleyball team hit .306 with a balanced offensive attack and made quick work of Wright State in a 3-0 blowout on Tuesday night. The victory lifted BU to an 8-3 overall record, the team's best start since 2008.

The Bulldogs, playing Wright State for the first time since leaving the Horizon League, controlled the match from the opening serve. Butler dominated the first set 25-16 before WSU almost kept pace in the second set. After BU hung on to win 25-22 before the break, the Bulldogs crushed the Raiders 25-14 to clinch the match.

Junior Belle Obert led BU with 10 kills on .364 hitting, while three other players had at least eight kills apiece. Junior Claire Randich, the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week this week, posted eight kills on 16 swings with no attack errors. Junior Morgan Peterson had 39 assists, good for a season-high 13.00 assists per set.

"Belle was great and is starting to shine after being out most of last week," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We blocked well and played great defense."

One of the night's defensive standouts was sophomore Jadyn Yarling, who had a match-high 17 digs. "It was a great night for Jadyn," Clark said.

The Bulldogs held the Raiders to .098 hitting and owned an 8-1 advantage in blocks. Butler and Wright State played 50 times as conference opponents. Tuesday night's win lifted BU to a 30-21 all-time record against Wright State.

Butler will host the Butler Invitational this weekend, the team's second multi-team home event in as many weekends. SEMO, UC-Davis and Kent State will come to Hinkle Fieldhouse Sept. 14-15.