Volleyball improves to 18-5 on the season

JOHN YELEY | STAFF REPORTER

The Butler volleyball team turned its luck around this weekend to break a two-match losing streak that followed the Bulldogs into Friday.

The squad improved its record to 18-5, including 5-3 in the Big East Conference as the Bulldogs  picked up two important wins on the road to stay competitive in the Big East.

The Bulldogs made quick work of the Seton Hall Pirates on Friday, winning 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-22, 25-17).

Defense played a crucial role in Butler’s success on the evening, shutting Seton Hall down consistently with 18 blocks.

Junior middle-blocker Erica Stahl led the Bulldogs at the net with 11 blocks of her own in addition to 12 kills.

The Bulldogs traveled to Queens, N.Y., the following day to take down the St. John’s Red Storm in a competitive, five-set contest (25-21, 25-20, 24-26, 23-25, 15-9).

Butler fought back and forth with St. John’s throughout the entire match.

The Bulldogs ultimately were able to come out on top thanks to consecutive kills by junior outside-hitter Belle Obert in the final set.

Sophomore outside-hitter Mary Striedl recieved player of the game honors for Butler after an impressive performance that included 22 digs and 11 kills.

The Bulldogs will next see action this Friday when they host the Marquette Golden Eagles (15-5, 7-1) at Hinkle Fieldhouse, with match start time set for 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs also take the court Saturday at home against DePaul (15-7, 1-7) at 7 p.m.

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