Butler Volleyball Defeats DePaul 3-1

Butler Volleyball Defeats DePaul 3-1
Stephanie Kranda

CHICAGO – Butler lost the opening set to DePaul on Friday night, but the team responded with a 3-0 run to record their 24th win of the season (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-11). Stephanie Kranda exploded with a match-high 17 kills as Butler improves to 11-4 in the BIG EAST.

Kranda hit .344 against the Blue Demons to lead the team with 18.5 points. Maggie Harbison and Belle Obert also impacted the match with 13 kills each.

Morgan Peterson posted another double-double for BU as she led the team with 44 assists and 17 digs. Peterson was all over the floor with seven blocks and six kills.

Butler's defense was solid against DePaul with four players posting a double figure dig total. Brooke Ruffolo recorded 23 digs to lead the way and Obert joined Peterson with a double-double coming up with 11 digs.

Vesela Zapryanova led DePaul on Friday with 13 kills and 15 digs. Genesis Reyes led the team in digs with 18 and Laura Witt set up the offensive attack with 34 assists.

Set one went to DePaul as the Blue Demons used a 3-0 run to grab a 23-17 lead. Zapryanova got DePaul to set point and an attack error put the Blue Demons up 1-0.

Set two was tied at 20-20 before Butler scored four-straight to reach set point. An attack error stopped the scoring run, but Obert tied the match at 1-1 with a kill off an assist from Kristen Webb.

Butler held the momentum with a 25-22 win in set three to take a 2-1 edge into the break. Mary Striedl came up big down the stretch with a pair of kills. Her final kill of the set ended the action as Butler posted a 25-22 win.

The fourth and final set was the most lopsided of the night as Butler grabbed a 6-1 lead before DePaul burned a timeout. The lead grew to 15-7 by the time DePaul called timeout number two and the Bulldogs would cruise to a 25-11 win to capture the victory.

Saturday night will be an important match to multiple teams in the BIG EAST as Butler will try to knock off the top team in the standings when they play at Marquette on Senior Day. Action will begin at 8 p.m.