Butler volleyball sweeps Big East opponents in weekend Lake Michigan road trip

Bri Lilly spikes the ball past two Seton Hall players for the kill. Lilly collected 11 kids against DePaul on Oct. 20. Collegian file photo. 

JIMMY LAFAKIS | STAFF REPORTER | jlafakis@butler.edu

The Butler University volleyball team earned two conference wins over the weekend to boost their Big East record 7-4. The Bulldogs swept DePaul University on Oct. 20 and knocked off Marquette University on Oct. 21. Overall, Butler is 17-6 this season.

Butler recorded a .364 team attack percentage against DePaul. Redshirt junior outside hitter Whitney Beck and junior middle blocker Bri Lilly posted 11 kills each.

“We served really well and kept them out of system,” Beck said. “That gave us a lot of opportunities offensively.”

Senior setter Makayla Ferguson added a team-high 38 assists in the 25-18, 25-18, 25-22 sweep. Ferguson said the victory gave the Bulldogs a great amount of energy.

“Our hitters converted at an extremely high rate,” Ferguson said. “Their defense had such a hard time defending them. We blocked extremely well, and our flow as a team is going really well.”

Saturday night’s match against first-place Marquette proved to be a five-set thriller. The Bulldogs recorded their third straight road win via scores of 20-25, 25-18, 28-30, 25-17, 15-11. Four Butler athletes recorded double-doubles.

Junior outside hitter Anna Logan made a big impact, posting 11 kills and 16 digs.

“We just came out and really out-hustled them,” Logan said. “It was a huge team win. “We had them out of system, and that allowed us to run our offense at our tempo and pace.”

Assistant coach Sofia Sanchez said the sweep gave the Bulldogs a lot of confidence heading into Saturday’s tilt.

The Bulldogs will start a five-match homestand when they face Villanova University on Oct. 27 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. First serve is scheduled for 6 p.m.


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