INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team improved in each set on Friday night as they swept the Georgetown Hoyas 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-14). Tomorrow's match vs. Villanova will mark the final home game of the 2013 regular season as the Bulldogs host the Wildcats with a 9-4 BIG EAST record.
Belle Obert was the player of the game for Butler against Georgetown as the junior posted a match-high 16 kills while hitting at a .394 clip. Obert added five digs, three assists and three blocks to her stat line to end the night with 17.5 points.
Morgan Peterson also played a large role in the victory for Butler as she recorded her ninth double-double of the season with 33 assists and 14 digs. Peterson set the offensive tempo, but was also a threat to score as she ended the match hitting .500 with seven kills.
Fellow senior Maggie Harbison controlled the net for Butler as she posted a match-high seven blocks for BU. Harbison added five kills, two assists and a dig to her totals.
The second Bulldog to post a double-figure kill total was Mary Striedl who recorded 11 in the three-set win over Georgetown. Striedl hit .280 for the match with five digs, four blocks and three assists.
Georgetown was led by Dani White as she posted 10 kills and a block for the Hoyas. Alex Johnson and Ashlie Williams were also effective with eight kills each.
Set one featured intense action with three lead changes and 13 ties. Neither team could build a lead early as the scored remained deadlocked at 18-18. Georgetown made the first move with a 3-0 run to push the score to 21-18, but the 'Dogs would fight back to tie the game at 22-22.
Georgetown called a timeout with the 22-22 tie and the pause in the action seemed to work as Harbison broke the huddle with a service error. The miscue wouldn't hurt Butler as three straight attack errors from the Hoyas gave Butler a 1-0 lead in the match.
Set two was also close in the beginning stages, but a 3-0 Butler run would break a 12-12 tie to give them a cushion. The lead evaporated at 17-17, but the Bulldogs hit a hot streak to score the final eight points of the set to go up 2-0 at the break.
The third set was the most lopsided of the night as Butler jumped out to a 5-0 lead. The advantage would grow to 18-10 and the Hoyas wouldn't get any closer as Obert finished off Georgetown with her 16th kill of the night off a Brooke Ruffolo assist.
The Bulldogs will look to ride this momentum into Saturday afternoon's match as they face the Villanova Wildcats at 2:30 p.m. The match will serve as senior day to Harbison, Peterson and Claire Randich.