INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Morgan Peterson, the starting setter, led BU with nine kills and .643 hitting as the Butler volleyball team cruised past La Salle 3-0 on Friday night. Butler hit a season-best .354 in a victory that took just 66 minutes.
"Morgan played outstanding," head coach Sharon Clark said. "She was very offensive, she blocked well and she made great set selections."
The Explorers, who are now 0-12 in Atlantic 10 play, hit .013 on the night. Every Bulldog player saw the floor in an easy win. Junior Claire Randich added eight kills on .500 hitting and sophomore Erica Stahl tallied six blocks.
Butler and La Salle were close early in the first set before the Bulldogs got going. Tied 10-10, a 5-1 BU run put the Dawgs ahead 15-11. Butler stayed a step ahead to clinch the set 25-18, with a pair of kills by Peterson providing some of the finishing touches.
The second set was never close. Butler quickly built a 9-3 lead as La Salle couldn't keep the ball off of the floor. The lead swelled to 14-5 on an ace by Harbison, and BU continued to put together quick points. A block and an Explorer attack error were the last points as Butler won the set 25-10. BU hit a blistering .471 during the set.
La Salle started well in the third set, actually claiming a 5-2 lead. Trailing 8-6, BU got two kills and a block to lead 9-8. The night was soon back to normal as BU cruised to finish the win. the Bulldogs led 20-12 when La Salle called timeout, their last hope in dropping the third set 25-15.
It was BU's third consecutive 3-0 win following sweeps at Fordham and Rhode Island last weekend. The win also allows the Bulldogs to keep pace in their quest to qualify for the Atlantic 10 Championship, which includes the top six teams in the conference.
"I think we're playing very well right now. We're peaking at the right time," Clark said. "Things have been clicking and I'm pleased with the win tonight."
Butler (15-11, 5-7) will host Temple Sunday, Nov. 4. The match at Hinkle Fieldhouse starts at noon.