October 5, 2013

Butler Volleyball Sweeps St. John’s 3-0

INDIANAPOLIS – Less than 24 hours after defeating a nationally-ranked opponent, the Butler women's volleyball team returned to the court and continued to play at a high level on Saturday as they easily defeated the St. John's Red Storm 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-13). Butler is now 15-3 overall with a 2-1 record in the BIG EAST.

"We were error free today," Head Coach Sharon Clark said. "We made very few errors in all aspects of the game and anytime you can do that it is going to be tough for another team to beat you."

11 different players saw the court this afternoon as the Bulldogs cruised to a 3-0 win. Belle Obert led the team with nine kills and Stephanie Kranda impacted the match with seven. The entire team hit the ball well today as the Bulldogs posted attack percentages of .476, .448, and .632.

"We hit really well," Clark added. "We only had five hitting errors in the entire match and that was great to see. I don't feel like there was any one dominate player today, we were just good all the way around."

Morgan Peterson led the team with 20 assists and the combination of Mary Striedl and Brooke Ruffolo worked well together defensively posting 19 combined digs.

Preseason All-BIG selection Erica Stahl has been a force in both matches this weekend as she hit .556 against the Red Storm with six kills on the day.

"Erica [Stahl] is really coming into herself and playing at such a high level right now," Clark stated." It's great for the team because she is offensive for us, but at the same time she is a dominate blocker. We need that as it leads our charge and gets us going."

The Bulldogs held a 15-10 lead midway through the first set, but they finished on a high note to earn a 25-12 win. Multiple St. John's errors were involved in the 10-2 Bulldog run as the serving of Kranda and Peterson got Butler to the finish line.

Set two was all Butler as the Bulldogs opened up an 18-4 lead. The action would come to a close at 25-9 as each team headed to the locker room for the break. The time away from the court didn't hurt Butler as they opened up a 7-1 lead vs. St. John's in set three. Stahl made two big kills down the stretch as the team improved to 15-3 overall.

The last match of the weekend will feature Butler hosting Seton Hall on Sunday. The match is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.