Butler volleyball stays undefeated at home with sweep of Pratt

Butler volleyball stays undefeated at home with sweep of Pratt

Butler volleyball remained undefeated at the Power Plant for the 2017 season with a three-set sweep over Pratt on Friday.

The Grizzlies (13-6 overall, 4-3 conference) routed Pratt by a 25-8 score in the opening set, then closed out the match by winning 25-16 and 25-18 in the final two sets. The win moved Butler to 4-0 overall this season at home, while the sweep was the Grizzlies' eighth overall on the season.

After allowing Pratt to score the opening point in the first set, Butler scored a season-best 18 consecutive points enroute to winning the set. Sophomore middle hitter Aliyah Bernard had three kills and a block, while freshman outside hitter Claudia Hess added three kills and sophomore Nicole Klusener had a pair of serving aces during the run. Butler also took advantage of eight Pratt hitting errors on the 18-0 Grizzly run.

In the second set, Pratt held an early 4-3 lead before Butler took command of the set behind an 11-4 run. The Grizzlies would eventually double up the Beavers 22-11 before winning the set by nine points.

Butler led by as many as 12 points in the final set, reaching match point with a 24-12 lead. Pratt would score six straight before Bernard had a kill just inside the back line to end the match.

Bernard led the Grizzlies with 11 kills while hitting at a .450 clip, and also had a team-high three blocks, while Klusener had four aces, six kills and seven digs. Hess added nine digs and hit .389. Sophomore setter Andie Nibarger had a team-high 16 assists and 14 digs, while sophomore libero Abby Goodrum finished with 13 digs and one ace.

Butler will next host Ottawa University JV in a 6:30 p.m. match Monday at the Power Plant.