Butler County Times Gazette
  • Butler softball to face top-tier NCAA teams in fall scrimmages

  • The Butler softball team will once again play a challenging fall schedule that includes some of the nation's best NCAA Division I programs.
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  • The Butler softball team will once again play a challenging fall schedule that includes some of the nation's best NCAA Division I programs.
    The highlight of the schedule will be a scrimmage on Oct. 24 against defending NCAA Division I national champion Oklahoma. That contest will start at 6 p.m. at Marita Hynes Field in Norman.
    Butler will also face another Big 12 opponent when the Grizzlies travel to Lawrence to face Kansas on Sept. 29 where the Grizzlies will also face Missouri-Kansas City.
    Two SEC teams are on the schedule with trips to Arkansas on Oct. 2 and a trip to Missouri on Oct. 4 with Butler will face the Tigers at 4 p.m. and Crowder College at 6 p.m.
    Butler will start the fall schedule on Sept. 15 at Creighton and will play Oct. 11 at Tulsa. Other scrimmages on the fall schedule include Team Kansas on Sept. 22 and the Kansas Renegades on Oct. 27.
    Both of those scrimmages will be held at the Butler field at East Park.
     
    Volleyball debuts at No. 17 in NJCAA D-II poll
    The Butler women's volleyball team is ranked No. 17th in the NJCAA Division II Top 20 national poll, which was released Wednesday.
    Butler (6-4 overall, 1-1 conference) was one of four previously unranked teams from the preseason to crack the poll.
    The Grizzlies are 1-2 against current Division II-ranked teams, having defeated No. 12 Southeastern (Iowa) at the Central Nebraska Invitational this past weekend. Butler's two losses to ranked opponents are No. 1 Cowley and No. 6 Johnson County.
    Cowley defeated Butler in three sets at the Johnson County Invitational to open the season, while Johnson won in a regular season meeting at Overland Park. The Grizzlies also have wins against previously ranked teams – Division I No. 19 Casper (WY) and Division II No. 20 MCC-Longview (MO). Both teams bowed of the polls this week.
    The #17 Lady Grizzlies defeated Neosho CC on Wednesday night in Chanute 25-15, 25-18, 25-18.
    Payton White led the attack with 9 kills, Jessie Green hitting .421 had 8 kills with 2 blocks, Kailan Kuzmic had a great evening with 6 kills, 20 assists, 11 digs, and 3 blocks.
    Lexi Wartick added 7 kills. Jessica Schwartz had a busy night with 21 digs.
    Butler had a great serve receive performance by Lauren Hug who passed a perfect 3.0 on the night.
    Butler's next home match is Wednesday, Sept. 18 against Cowley at 6:30 p.m.
     
    Butler soccer ranked #6 in NJCAA national poll
    The Butler women's soccer team is ranked sixth in the first NJCAA regular season Top 20 national poll, which was released Wednesday.
    Butler (5-1-0 overall, 1-0-0 conference) received 81 votes in the poll and moved down one spot from their preseason ranking.
    Page 2 of 2 - Against current ranked opponents, Butler is 2-1 with wins over #3 Iowa Western and #20 Otero (CO). The Grizzlies' lone loss on the season was to No. 2 Laramie County back on Aug. 25.
    Paradise Valley (AZ) was the unanimous No. 1 pick, receiving 100 votes and all four first-place votes. Following Laramie County and Iowa Western in fourth is Tyler (TX), who will host Butler in a non-conference matchup on Friday, Sept. 20.
    Seven of the teams in the current top 10 were ranked in the preseason, while 10 of the teams were previously unranked.
    Other KJCCC schools featured in the national poll are Hutchinson (3-0-0) and Johnson County (3-1-0), ranked 11th and 16, respectively.
    The Grizzlies will travel to face Hesston College on Friday at 7 p.m., then host conference foe Dodge City at 7 p.m. on Sunday at BG Products Veterans Sports Complex.
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