Butler Falls at Creighton 3-1

Butler Falls at Creighton 3-1
Belle Obert

OMAHA, Neb. – The Butler volleyball team took a 3-1 loss at Creighton on Sunday afternoon (22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 19-25). With the loss, Butler moves to 16-5 overall with a 3-3 BIG EAST record. The Bluejays tie the season series with the win and improve to 14-4 overall with a 5-1 conference record.

"Creighton controlled the serve and pass game today," Head Coach Sharon Clark stated. "We had several miscues and too many unforced errors to beat anyone today."

Belle Obert and Stephanie Kranda were the top offensive threats for Butler on Sunday. Obert led the team with 13 kills while hitting at a .250 clip and Kranda added 12 hitting .290.

The defensive unit was led by Erica Stahl up front who finished the match with eight blocks and Brooke Ruffolo who made 17 digs for Butler. The Bulldogs recorded 14 blocks as a team and Obert was once again a dual threat as her 12 digs gave her yet another double-double performance.

Michelle Sicner and Kelli Browning were the top performers for Creighton in the win. Browning led all players with a match-high 15 kills. She hit .385 and added five blocks. Sicner recorded a double-double with 44 assists and 10 digs.

The first set was highly competitive as the two teams were separated by just one point late in the action. Kelli Browning recorded back-to-back kills to increase the Creighton lead to 23-19 and a kill from Leah McNary gave the Bluejays a 1-0 lead with a 25-22 win.

The second set featured a number of scoring runs for the Jays as Creighton won 25-14. Butler used two timeouts in attempt to slow down the attack but the set ended on an 11-4 run giving the Jays a 2-0 lead.

Maggie Harbison's serve helped Butler avoid the shutout as the senior helped the 'Dogs scored five straight points to give the team a 20-15 lead in the third. Attack errors hurt Creighton as the Bulldogs got on the board with a 25-20 win.

The fourth and final set was decided late as a 6-1 run handed Butler their fifth loss of the season. Browning recorded the final kill of the match off an assist from Sicner. The Bluejays are now 7-1 at home this season.

Butler will end the month of October with two road matches at Seton Hall and at St. John's. The Seton Hall match will be played on Friday, Oct. 25 at 4 p.m. with the match against the Red Storm to follow on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs will return to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Nov. 1 with a 7 p.m. match vs. Marquette.