CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Junior Maggie Harbison had 15 kills on .270 hitting and the Butler volleyball team got its first A-10 road win with a 3-1 victory at Charlotte on Thursday.
Sophomore Erica Stahl had eight blocks, leading Butler to a sizable advantage at the net. The Bulldogs hit .254 and owned a 55-43 advantage in kills. Four other players (Rachel Barber, Belle Obert, Claire Randich and Stahl) had 8+ kills.
"We won the server and pass game, and that made all the difference," head coach Sharon Clark said. "I'm very proud of my team tonight."
After Charlotte won the first set 26-24, Butler did the same thing right back to the 49ers. The second set was extremely close with neither team leading by more than two points. Eventually, Charlotte took a 22-19 lead. The Bulldogs got a 5-1 run for set point at 24-23, forcing a 49ers timeout. Charlotte's Amanda Videmsek made it 24-24. A Butler kill and a big block finished the set and evened the match 1-1.
The rest of the night was all Bulldogs.
BU led 7-6 in the third set before scoring five straight points to make it 12-6. With the Dawgs ripping off a flurry of kills, the lead would continue to grow. Butler built the lead as high as 23-13 before taking the third set 25-16. BU hit .345 with just three attack errors in the third set.
Butler (12-8, 2-4) won the fourth set by even more. The Bulldogs led 9-5 when a 4-1 run make it 13-6. The Bulldogs kept that same pace throughout, eventually rolling to a 25-14 set win.
The match was played in front of what Charlotte called a school-record 1,813 fans. "Playing in front of a large and loud crowd was tough," Clark said. "We couldn't hear ourselves but our blocking lead by Erica and hitting from Maggie were key."
Butler continues its road weekend with a match at VCU Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. ET.