November 10, 2013

Bulldogs Sweep Hoyas to Cap Perfect Weekend

WASHINGTON DC – The Butler volleyball team recorded a 3-0 win over Georgetown on Sunday to improve to 21-6 overall (25-16, 25-20, 25-16). The Bulldogs move to 8-4 in conference games with the sweep over the Hoyas.

Morgan Peterson was a high impact player for Butler on Sunday as she just missed recording a double-double with 32 assists and eight digs. Peterson added three kills, five blocks and a service ace to her stat line, ending the match with 7.5 points.

Two Bulldogs reached a double figure kill total as Stephanie Kranda and Belle Obert tied for the team lead, each with 10 kills. Obert was also close to a double-double as she added nine digs, while Kranda led the team with a .348 attack percentage.

Brooke Ruffolo and Erica Stahl led Butler from a defensive standpoint. Ruffolo made 22 digs from the back line while Stahl controlled the net with five blocks.

Mary Striedl and Maggie Harbison were also key contributors in the win over Georgetown as Harbison went off for eight kills and two service aces. Striedl was close behind with seven kills and one service ace.

Dani White and Lauren Saar were impact players in the Georgetown rotation with Saar leading the way with 10 kills and 11 digs. White provided the team with 10 kills and a team-high four blocks.

Set one featured back-and-forth action between the two BIG EAST opponents as the score remained tied at 12-12. A 6-1 BU run gave the team a cushion and a 6-0 run later in the set would give Butler a 1-0 lead.

Set two was much like set one in that the score stayed close early, but late Butler runs would make the difference in crunch time as the team went up 2-0 with a 25-20 win. The 'Dogs turned a 19-17 lead into a 24-19 advantage after a string of Hoya miscues. Georgetown tried to get back in the match late, but Obert ended their chance with a kill off the Peterson assist.

The third and final set was never in question as Butler jumped out in front 6-0. Butler never trailed in the closing set. Obert was a key player getting the team to match point and a service ace from Peterson would end the set at 25-16.

The BIG EAST schedule features a unique twist as these two teams will meet again next weekend at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The action is slated for Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.