VANDALIA — The Butler Lady Aviator volleyball team ran their win streak to 11 matches on Monday night when they defeated Northmont 25-20, 25-16, 23-25, and 25-17.
The win improved the Aviators to 12-4 overall and 8-2 in the Greater Western Ohio Conference American North division.
Coach Cheryl Franklin came into the season thinking it would be a rebuilding year, but her young Aviators have done what it takes to win.
“We are young and very inexperienced in varsity play,” said Franklin. “With that being said, we knew we would have our highs and our lows as we worked through the newness but we did feel that we had the potential to do exactly what we are doing today.”
Franklin said her players are “hard working, driven, and passionate about the game” and “believe in their teammates and their abilities.”
She credits her three seniors – Sarah Swarts, Alicia Smith, and Zoie Franklin – with quiet, but effective leadership.
“We have three seniors on the team and they are not your typical vocal leaders,” she said. “They are seniors that are leading by example. Our seniors are very mature in their play and they drive the other players to do the same.”
On Saturday, the Aviators made it 10 in a row after beating CJ in three sets. Butler won 25-6, 25-19 and 25-21.
Zoie Franklin had 15 kills, 4 aces and 8 digs in the match. Grace Cope added 13 kills and Sarah Swarts had 11 digs. Alicia Smith posted 41 assists.
The JV girls beat Xenia 2-1, 20-25, 25-17 and 25-11. The freshman team lost to Xenia in two sets.
Butler is one of three teams chasing Troy in the league standings, and the Lady Aviators have matches at Piqua on Thursday and Greenville on Tuesday before hosting the Lady Trojans on Thursday, Oct. 6. All matches begin at 7 p.m.
“The last time we played Troy we had way too many unforced errors, from hitting to passing, digging and serving errors,” said Franklin. “We need minimize those errors and the outcome will be what we expect it to be. The players and the coaching staff are ready for round two with Troy.”
Reach Darrell Wacker at 937-684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.