TOWANDA, Kan. – The Butler volleyball team recorded one of its biggest wins in program history on Monday night, defeating league-leading Colby in four sets at Circle High School.
Butler lost the first set but won the final three in order to knock off the first-place Trojans. It is the first win over a first-place team by a Butler squad in coach Rick Younger's 13 years with the program.
"We upset the apple cart and I am so proud of these ladies," Younger said. "It was a great match to be a part of."
All four sets were close. In the first set, Butler led 21-20 before Colby scored four straight points and eventually won 25-22.
Butler scored the first four points in the second set, then led 15-8. Colby would get four straight points to get within three before Butler surged again, eventually winning 25-18.
The Grizzlies again got out to an early lead in the third set, going up 12-6 and later leading 17-11. Colby scored six straight to tie the set 17-17 and had the momentum. But the Grizzlies stiffened, scoring three straight points. A Nicole Klusener kill ended the set, with Butler winning 25-22.
Butler led early in the fourth before Colby scored four straight to take a 9-6 advantage. The Trojans still led 17-13 before Butler again got hot. The Grizzlies tied the match at 17 apiece following a service ace from Abby Goodrum and a kill by Cassie Pauls.
Later, Colby had two straight hitting errors to put Butler up 20-18. The match would go to extra points and was tied at 26-26 before Butler got a kill to take a lead. Colby's final attempt went long out of bounds, giving Butler a 28-26 win in the set and the match.
With the win, Butler is now 18-10 overall and has won seven of its past 10. Butler is now 5-8 in Jayhawk West Conference play. Butler hosts Dodge City on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Circle High School.