The week ahead in Butler sports: Sept 17 – Sept. 23

The Butler volleyball team celebrates after winning a point. They travel to Seton Hall and St. John’s on Sept. 21 and 22. Jimmy Lafakis/Collegian file photo. 

DREW SANDIFER | STAFF REPORTER | dsandife@butler.edu

Friday, September 21:

Volleyball at Seton Hall

The Butler volleyball team opens up its conference schedule with a trip to New Jersey to visit the Seton Hall Pirates. In last year’s matchups, the Bulldogs outpaced Seton Hall six sets to one. Both of last year’s games against the Pirates were very important as the match in Hinkle was head coach Sharon Clark’s 300th career victory and the match at Seton Hall clinched the Bulldogs’ first trip to the Big East tournament since 2013. First serve from Walsh Gymnasium in South Orange, New Jersey, is set for 7 p.m.

Men’s Tennis at Western Michigan Hidden Duals

The men’s tennis team will begin their competitive season this weekend as they will compete in the Western Michigan Hidden Duals Tournament. In last year’s event, the doubles teams of Mason Dragos and Michael Dickson, and Adrian Mag and Lope Adelakun finished the tournament a perfect 3-0. In the singles event, the Bulldogs won 5 out of the 8 matches against Big East rival Xavier. Play begins on Friday and will continue on through Sunday from Kalamazoo.

Saturday, September 22:

Volleyball at St. John’s

On a quick turnaround, the Butler volleyball team makes the short trip into the Big Apple to face the St. John’s Red Storm. The Red Storm couldn’t muster a win in either match against Butler last year although they did come close in their home game. The Bulldogs came in to Queens on the Red Storm’s Senior Day and won, 3-2, off of Brooke Gregory’s team-high 18 kills. First serve from Carnesecca Arena in Queens, New York, is set for 4 p.m.

Men’s Soccer vs Providence

The conference home opener for the Butler men’s soccer team is this Saturday as the Bulldogs host the Providence Friars. After dropping three of four games, the Bulldogs did not receive any votes in the most recent United Soccer Coaches poll, the first time that has happened this season. Despite being pegged as a preseason favorite last year, the Friars finished in the middle of the pack while losing their only matchup with Butler, 1-0. Brandon Guhl’s 31st goal was all the Dawgs needed. The match is set to begin from the Sellick Bowl at 7 p.m.

Sunday, September 23:

Women’s soccer at Marquette

The women’s soccer team opens up conference play with a showdown with the Marquette Golden Eagles. The Bulldogs dropped to 23rd in the most recent United Soccer Coaches poll despite not losing before the poll came out. Having played extremely tough opponents this year, Marquette is slow out of the gates so far, to say the least, as it took them seven games to put up their first win of the year. In last year’s matchup with the Golden Eagles, Butler handled the game easily, winning 3-0 behind two goals from Paige Monaghan. The match is set to begin from the Valley Fields in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 2 p.m.

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