Butler celebrates sophomores by sweeping Independence

Butler celebrates sophomores by sweeping Independence

The Butler Grizzlies celebrated Sophomore Night with a straight-set sweep of Independence on Wednesday night at the Power Plant.

The Grizzlies honored Lauren Hug, Jessi Green, Kailan Kuzmic, Payton White, Nicole Feyh and Briana Pugh before the match. Then Butler dispatched the Pirates 25-12, 25-9, 25-18.

The Grizzlies trailed just once in the match, and that was early in the third set when Independence led 8-4. The Grizzlies scored four straight to tie the match and eventually pulled away for the win in the most competitive set of the night.

Butler was led by Payton White with nine kills, hitting .562 in the match. McKenzie Johnson had six kills and Kailee Dudley had five. Johnson also had three service aces and two solo blocks. Kailan Kuzmic had a team-high 18 assists, while Jessica Schwartz had 10 digs to lead Butler.

The Grizzlies are now 23-7 overall and 6-3 in Jayhawk Conference play. Butler will be on the road at the Iowa Central Classic in Fort Dodge, taking on Ellsworth (Iowa), Iowa Central, Des Moines Area and Lincoln Land (Ill.). Butler will finish the regular season with road games at Highland on Monday and at Hesston on Wednesday.