Butler volleyball beats Friends JV in four sets

Butler volleyball beats Friends JV in four sets

The Butler volleyball team needed four sets to do so, but the Grizzlies defeated Friends JV in a non-conference match on Wednesday at the Power Plant on sophomore night.

Butler won the first set easily, 25-13, but things got much tougher in the second set. Butler opened with a 5-1 lead before Friends took a 7-6 lead. Butler led 17-11 before Friends rallied to tie the match 22-22 and again at 24-24 before the Grizzlies won 26-24.

Playing mostly bench players, Butler led again for most of the third set before Friends rallied late, taking a 23-21 lead. Butler coach Rick Younger called a timeout and his team scored three straight points, taking a 24-23 lead. Friends, however, would score the next three after taking a timeout and won 26-24.

With their starting lineup back in, the Grizzlies then cruised to a 25-11 win in the fourth set to win the match.

Braylon Daniels came off the bench and led Butler with 10 kills while hitting .333. Aliyah Bernard had seven kills with a .467 hitting percentage and also had a team-high four blocks. Nicole Klusener had five kills and three services aces, while Abby Goodrum had 22 digs.

Butler improves to 23-9 on the season. The Grizzlies return to conference play on Saturday when they host league-leading and fourth-ranked Seward County at 2 p.m.