INDIANAPOLIS -- The Bulldogs improved to 9-1 overall with a 3-0 win over IPFW on Friday night. Butler posted a high attack percentage in all three sets to earn the sweep.
A balanced offensive attack and all-around team defense was the winning recipe for Butler against IPFW as the Bulldogs made quick work of the Mastodons 25-20, 25-13, and 25-18. Butler hit .324 in the opening set and went on to post attack percentages of .458 in the second and .440 in the third.
Butler out played IPFW at the net by recording 12 team blocks compared to just five for the 'Dons. Emily Spencer and Hailie Ripley were the bright spots in the IPFW lineup going for 13 and eight kills respectively.
The combination of Peterson, Obert and Striedl gave Butler a 1-0 lead after the first set as each player recorded four kills. Peterson was also in charge of spreading the ball around as she tallied 10 assists in the opener.
The turning moment in the first set was a 6-1 run by Butler that broke a 10-10 tie. IPFW challenged the Bulldogs to get within two points on multiple occasions, but the lead held as Erica Stahl ended the first set with a kill off a Peterson assist 25-20.
The Bulldogs were great offensively in the second set as they hit .458 compared to just .033 for IPFW. This set was never close as Butler doubled up IPFW at 14-7. The lead grew to 20-12 and a bad set from IPFW ended the action at 25-13.
The third set was close early, but the Bulldogs went on a 9-4 run to create a 14-9 cushion. IPFW fought back to get within four points at 20-16, but the comeback fell short as senior Maggie Harbison finished the match with a kill from Peterson.
The Butler Invitational will resume tomorrow with a match between No. 15 Michigan State and Illinois state at 11 a.m. The 3 p.m. match will feature the Redbirds playing the Mastodons and the primetime slot is reserved for Butler and Michigan State at 7 p.m.