The Seton Hall volleyball team was defeated by Butler, 3-0, on Friday evening, dropping the teams overall record to 5-10.
The turning point of the contest occurred in the second set, as the Bulldogs called a timeout down 23-19, two points away from going into halftime with split sets. Butler, however, closed the gap quickly, putting up five unanswered points to take the lead at 24-23. The quick shift in momentum eventually won the set for Butler, 26-24.
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“It’s definitely tough,” assistant coach Simone Asque said. “We just had one too many points where we became too predictable. We were talking to our setters telling them to spread the ball. We have a lot of strong weapons, a lot of strong hitters. It’s just getting a better job of isolating and getting one on one’s in crucial points.”
A key downfall for the Pirates was not being able to capitalize off their attacking attempts. The hitting percentage for Seton Hall on night was 14.3 percent compared to Butler’s 31.3 percent. The weak percentage was accompanied by 18 attacking errors for Seton Hall.
“Our setters need to do a little better in decision making,” Asque said. “We have really good outside hitters, the two seniors of ours. So it’s about getting a little more trust and a little more out of our freshmen on the right side. It’s getting into a better rhythm with our passing and getting the right isolation at the right time.”
The Pirates will have to have a short memory, as their next game will be Saturday, Sept. 22 against Xavier. Asque said the team must play with a clean slate, as off-court mentality will help translate to on-court success.
“If we can push Xavier back, hit more high balls instead of fast balls, that will make them really uncomfortable. They are a team that likes to go fast, but, with speed comes more air. If we can get them off of their rhythm offensively that gives us a good chance to slow it down in transition and score.”
The first set in Saturday’s match is set for 7 p.m at Walsh Gymnasium.
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