INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — No. 18 Dayton came out on top of Butler 3-1 Sunday, improving their record to 9-0 in the conference.
Rachel Krabacher led the team with 23 kills and 12 digs, the second double-double of the weekend for the senior. Megan Campbell was just as effective with 16 kills and a .441 hitting percentage, while Samantha Selsky recorded 44 assists and 11 digs. Janna Krafka had 21 digs as well.
Dayton led early on and held the lead through the half way point of the first set. With the score tied at 15-15, Butler put a run together and took a 20-15 advantage. A couple of time outs by the Flyers did little to deter the Bulldog streak as the host team enjoyed the home court advantage.
Dayton’s defense played strong down the stretch with a couple of key blocks to keep the Flyers in the match. Rachel Krabacher recorded a huge kill to tie the set back up at 22-22 as Dayton mounted their comeback. It would be the senior outside hitter again though with the set-winner as the Flyers took the first set, 26-24.
In set No. 2, Dayton found themselves trailing again as Butler jumped out to a 10-8 lead. The Bulldogs kept that narrow margin until the midway point in the set where they extended their advantage to as much as four. The Flyers closed the gap quickly though and made it an 18-18 contest. Butler put together another stretch that put Dayton in a hole and the Flyers were unable to make the comeback this time. The Bulldogs tied up the match at 1-1 with a score of 25-22 in the second set. Dayton was only able to put a run of three or more points together once in the set.
The Flyers pulled ahead 4-2 to start the third set, and easily turned that lead into an 11-7 advantage. Butler attempted to rally in the set, but Dayton made it difficult for them to get consecutive points. The Bulldogs did not put a run of multiple points together until the score was already 17-13. By then, the Flyers had control of the set and took a 2-1 lead on a 25-20 win in set No. 3.
Dayton carried their momentum into the fourth set and used an initial 7-3 lead to control the tempo of the match. Butler pulled within one at 12-11 and even tied the score at 14-14. The score was tied once again at 22-22 with the Flyers looking to clinch the victory. But three consecutive points to end the fourth and final set gave Dayton the 25-22 victory.
Dayton moves to 17-4 on the season and 9-0 in conference play. Butler on the other hand falls to 12-11 and 2-7 in the A-10.