Butler volleyball goes 1-2 at Panther Invitational

The Butler volleyball team is now 2-7 on the season. Collegian file photo.

SYDNEY DIGRAZIA | STAFF REPORTER | sdigrazi@butler.edu 

The Butler volleyball team traveled to Milwaukee this weekend for their final road nonconference tournament. 

The Bulldogs went 1-2 in the Panther Invitational from Sept. 13-14, improving on last weekend after going 0-3 at the Hampton Inn Bowling Green Invitational. 

Butler first faced off against undefeated Western Michigan University on the afternoon of Sept. 13. It was a tight match, with both teams trading off sets throughout. The match went to five sets, and the Bulldogs continued their struggles with five set losses, falling 3-2.

Anna Logan completed her fourth double-double of the season with an impressive 17 kills and 19 digs. Elizabeth LaBue had a career-high 29 digs in the match. 

Later that night, the Bulldogs competed against the home opponent, Milwaukee. The Panthers started off strong, giving little room for a Bulldog comeback. Butler did take the second set from Milwaukee, with pivotal kills from Brooke Gregory and Brittany Robinson. 

Milwaukee had multiple point runs to put them over the top, ultimately winning the match 3-1. Setter Megan Ramseyer had a double-double with 37 assists and 10 digs. 

On Sept. 14, Butler faced Southeast Missouri State University and finished off the tournament with a much-needed win. The Bulldogs came out strong in the first set but were matched when the Redhawks did the same to win the second set. But with the help of Shay Horn’s 14 kills, Butler completed the win. 

Jillian Ziemba had four service aces and Anna Logan had an impressive 20 digs in the win against Southeast Missouri State. 

This upcoming weekend, the Bulldogs will begin their first homestand, hosting the Bulldog Brawl tournament from Sept. 20-21. Butler will compete against University of the Pacific on Friday and Belmont University and Loyola Marymount University on Saturday. These games will close out nonconference action as Big East play begins a few days later against Marquette on Sept. 25.


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