DAYTON — The Butler Lady Aviator volleyball traveled to CJ on Saturday and pulled off the first win over the Lady Eagles in at least four years. After dropping the first two sets 19-25 and 13-25, Butler roared back for three straight wins 25-13, 25-21, and 15-10 to win in five sets, 3-2.
“We got past a huge hurdle on Saturday by beating CJ,” said Butler coach Cheryl Franklin. “I don’t know how far back we go but I know we have not beat CJ in at least four years. We also got past another hurdle of winning a five-set match. To lose the first two and come back and win the next three showed me a lot about this group of girls. They have been fighting all season long, and were right on the edge of winning those big matches.”
Corina Kreill led the Aviators with 19 assists and Claire Long had 15. Julia Helke had 16 kills while Zoie Franklin had 14, and Franklin led the team in digs with 15 ans Sarah Swarts had 10. Kreill added three aces for the Lady Aviators and Abby Grooms had a team-high six blocks.
The JV team won in two sets 25-21 and 25-16 while the freshman team earned their first win of the season although the score of that match is not available.
Butler 3, Piqua 1
The Lady Aviators also picked up a Greater Western Ohio Conference North division win with a 27-29, 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 win at Piqua on Thursday.
Long had 32 assists in the match while Franklin led the team in kills (21) and digs (13). Grace Cope had five service aces and Grooms led with four blocks.
The JV team lost in three sets 21-25, 25-13, 19-25 and the freshman team lost in two sets 5-25, 18-25.
The victories boosted the volleyball team’s overall record to 7-8 with a 3-1 slate in the GWOC North.
“I can’t be more proud of this year’s team,” said Franklin. “Even though our record may not show it, we are having a good season compared to past seasons. They have been giving the higher ranked teams, excluding Troy, some really good matches even though we lose them in three sets. They have not been easy wins for those teams!
“I am really looking forward to Senior night which is Thursday, GWOC tournament starts next week and then sectionals. The girls are right where they need to be.”
Butler will travel to Trotwood Tuesday evening and then return home on Thursday versus Springboro which is also senior night. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, the Lady Aviators will wrap up the regular season by hosting Urbana. That match starts at 11 a.m.
Reach Darrell Wacker at 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.