The Butler volleyball team split a pair of matches against nationally-ranked teams at the Johnson County Invitational on Friday to open the 2013 season.
The Grizzlies started the year by sweeping 20th-ranked Longview (Mo.) in straight sets. Butler won 25-12, 25-13 and 25-22 over the Lakers.
Payton white had 8 kills, and 2 blocks. Kailee Dudley and Jessie Green had 7 kills each. Kailan Kuzmic had 15 assists and 8 digs. Mary Kangas had 11 assists and 5 digs.
In the second match, Butler lost a heartbreaker in five sets to No. 5 Central Nebraska.
The Grizzlies won the first set 25-22, lost the second 25-13 and won the third 25-22 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Central Nebraska answered, however, to win an intense fourth set by a 25-22 score and then squeezed out the win with a 15-12 victory in the fifth set.
Jesse Green had 14 kills, an ace, nine digs and three blocks. Kailan Kuzmic added 14 kills, 11 assists, 15 digs and two blocks.
Mary Kangas had 31 assists, a pair of aces and 13 digs.
Payton White had eight kills and four blocks. Mackenzie Stuever and Kailee Dudley had six blocks each.
The Lady Grizzly Volleyball Team went 1-1 on Saturday as they finished the Johnson CC Invitational 2-2 against 3 nationally ranked teams.
In the first game of the day the Grizzlies battled #1 Cowley CC losing 19-25, 12-25, 23-25. The first and third sets were battles but the Grizzlies were error prone in the second set.
“It was good for us to have a reality check as we this early as we are capable of playing at that level,” said Butler head coach Rick Younger.
Jessi Green and Kailee Dudley both had 6 kills and 1 block each. Mary Kangas had 14 assists with 11 digs.
In the final match of the day the Lady Grizzlies routed East Central CC 25-15, 25-14, 25-14.
“We had balanced scoring and got a lot of the experience in for our freshman,” said Younger.
Lexie Wartick had 6 kills and 3 blocks, Payton White had 6 kills and a block, Mackenzie Johnson had 5 kills, 1 ace, and 13 digs, Briana Pugh had 5 kills hitting .312 and 1 block.
Kailan Kuzmic had 20 assists and 6 digs. Jessica Schwartz had 21 digs.