Volleyball wins fourth straight with home sweep of Friends JV

Volleyball wins fourth straight with home sweep of Friends JV

The Butler volleyball team opened up the home portion of its schedule with a three-set sweep over Friends JV on Monday.

After going 3-1 at the Lamar Invitational over the weekend, Butler (4-2 overall, 0-1 conference) won its fourth consecutive match – the first time since the end of the 2014 season.

Butler won the first set 25-17 and took the second and third sets by identical 25-13 scores in the win.

The Grizzlies trailed just once all night, early in the first set as Friends had a 6-5 advantage. Butler then scored seven straight points behind the service of Abby Goodrum, taking a 12-6 lead. Butler's biggest lead was 18-9 before going on to win 25-17. 

In the second set, Butler jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead with Brooke Fender serving. The Grizzlies also rolled easily in the third set.

"We have a good solid group, so we can put kids in and out," said Butler head coach Rick Younger. "It was a good game to be able to do that and it was a great crowd, so it was a lot of fun tonight."
Butler hit .313 on the evening with 47 kills and 37 assists, with 11 aces and 49 digs.
Hayley Leeper led Butler with eight kills, while Janay Maggett and Kinzee Mayo had seven kills each.
Freshman setter Andi Nibarger had 18 assists and two aces, while freshman Alex Stiles had 14 assists and two aces. Libero Katie Dyer finished with 15 digs, a kill and an ace, while Abby Goodrum added 14 digs and two aces. Newcomer Aliyah Bernard had two kills in her Butler debut.

Butler will travel to Concordia on Wednesday for a 6:30 match with Cloud County.