CLAYTON — After falling behind two sets to one, the Butler Lady Aviators volleball team had to dig deep to pull out a win against Northmont, otherwise known as “The Team Across the Dam.”
Butler did just that in rallying for a 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-20, and 15-12 at Northmont High School.
“This was a great win for our team,” said Butler head coach Caitlin Shumaker. “Being able to beat your biggest rival in 5 is huge for momentum going forward. It was awesome to see such fire and determination from the girls. I am proud of their effort and that they continue to work to get better each day.”
Grace Cope had 17 kills and five blocks, Grace Swarts had 41 assists and three aces, and Victoria Theobald had 23 digs. Sarah Droesch led the team with a .318 kill percentage.
The win lifted the Aviators to 8-8 on the season and they remained 5-5 in the GWOC North.
The Aviators will return to action on Wednesday when they host Piqua on Block Out Cancer night.
“We have a big GWOC North matchup at home on Wednesday, and we are going to need to play well again to win,” said Shumaker.
Butler takes CJ to five sets
The Butler Aviator volleyball team battled CJ on Saturday but fell in five sets 25-21, 20-25, 25-18, 23-25, and 11-15.
The loss snapped the Aviators’ four-match winning streak and dropped their overall record to 7-8 on the season.
“Today’s match was a long, hard fight,” said Shumaker. “CJ had some great players who really played well, but we made good in-game adjustments to get some stops. We had a few too many errors at the net today, which we can’t afford to do against a good team. All in all, I’m proud of how hard we fought.”
Grace Cope led the team with 12 kills followed by Sarah Droesch with 11. Droesch also led with three blocks.
Grace Swarts added 28 assists and Victoria Theobald led with five serving aces and 21 digs.
Aviators sweep Xenia
Butler made quick work of the Lady Buccaneers on Thursday in three sets 25-10, 25-14, and 25-17. The win marked the fourth straight for the Aviators and got them to the .500 mark for the first time after an 0-5 start to the season.
“It was good to get our fourth straight win tonight against a conference opponent,” said Shumaker. “Our schedule is going to get a little tougher over the next couple of weeks, so we need to continue to work hard and get better each day.”
Cope led with 14 kills, two aces, and two blcks. Swarts had 28 assists and two blocks, Nakita Brown added a pair of aces, Theobald had 17 digs and Willow Knight added a pair of blocks.
Pirates go down in three
Last Tuesday the Lady Aviators traveled to West Carrollton and swept the Lady Pirates 25-19, 25-11, and 25-12.
“I’m pleased with our focus tonight and a good team effort,” Shumaker said. “It’s nice to have two GWOC sweeps in a row.”
Mackenzie Dunkin led the team with seven kills, Swarts had 22 assists, and Cope had three digs. Theobald added 11 digs with Alyssa Burley getting three blocks and Grace Marshall adding two.
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