CINCINNATI, Ohio – Butler lost the opening set, but came back to dominate the rest of the match as they improve to 2-0 with a 3-1 win over Morehead State in the 2013 Cincinnati Invitational. Hours after defeating host Cincinnati, the Bulldogs returned to Fifth Third Arena to defeat the Eagles 21-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-18.
Mary Striedl was one of three Bulldogs to reach a double figure kill total as she led the way against Morehead State with a 10 kill, 10 dig double-double performance. Striedl hit .385 and also provided the team with three assists and a service ace.
Butler's team leader in kills was senior Claire Randich who ended the night with a match-high 12. Randich made the most of her opportunities hitting at a .500 clip.
The final Bulldog to reach a double figure kill total was junior Belle Obert. After recording a double-double against Cincinnati, Obert returned to the court to go for 11 kills, seven digs, and five blocks against Morehead State. The player in charge of setting up all of the Butler hitters was setter Morgan Peterson who recorded a match-high 40 assists to go with 10 digs giving her an impressive double-double stat line.
Butler once again dominated up front as they recorded 13.5 team blocks compared to just four for Morehead State. Stahl led the team with seven blocks, but multiple student-athletes got involved as Obert added six and Randich was there with five.
After hitting .194 in the opening set loss, Butler came back to hit .385 in the second set and .478 in the third. Morehead State almost hit in the negative after they hit .239 in the opener. Butler finished off the Eagles by hitting .281 as a team in the fourth.
The first set was close at the start, but a 7-2 Morehead State run broke an 8-8 tie and left the Eagles with a 15-10 advantage. The Bulldogs fought back to get within two points at 22-20, forcing MSU to call a timeout, but it wasn't enough as Courtney Smith finished the set with a kill giving the Eagles a 25-21 win.
It was Butler who used a scoring run in the second set to gain an advantage as the Bulldogs turned an early one point deficit into a 9-4 lead. Midway through the set the Bulldogs were holding onto a five-point cushion and the team exploded with an 8-0 run to take a commanding 24-12 advantage. Butler went on to win 25-13 off a MSU attack error.
The third set ended with the same score as Butler dominated with another 25-13 win. This set wasn't ever close as the Butler lead grew from 10-4 to 20-12. The Bulldogs capitalized on errors as they once again won off a MSU attack error.
The fourth set was much closer to the first as the two teams kept it close early. A MSU service error broke a 9-9 tie and Butler wouldn't look back from there as they held the lead the rest of the way. The Bulldogs were the first team to reach 20 points as they held a four-point cushion at that time. The final scored ended at 25-18 as the Eagles once again made an attack error to push Butler over the top.
Butler will return to action tomorrow when they end the Cincinnati Invitational with a 2:30 match against the Tennessee Volunteers.