Fort Scott Community College's volleyball team played tough for several stretches while hosting No. 18-ranked Butler in a Jayhawk Conference-Eastern Division match at Arnold Arena Wednesday night.
Butler, however, had longer stretches of dominant play and went on to a 25-19, 25-10, 25-18 sweep of the Greyhounds.
A lot of the problem for the Greyhounds (0-2 Jayhawk, 4-5 overall) was Butler's 6' 2" sophomore Demetria Williams. Whenever she stepped up, there wasn't much doubt that the ball was going to hit the floor. She had 11 kills on the night. Butler's Crystal Blue was also strong up front and had eight kills herself.
The Greyhounds had the first game tied at 9-9 before a couple of Fort Scott errors and a pair of Williams kills started the Grizzlies (1-1, 6-1) on a run that saw them go up 18-11.
A kill by Bailey Dodson snapped Butler's run and got Fort Scott into position to get with 23-19 before the Grizzlies closed out the game.
Williams helped Butler get out to a 7-2 lead in the second game with a kill and also three consecutive aces. The 'Hounds fought back and got within 7-5. They were still within 14-9 before Butler got serve back on an error and held it for nine consecutive points (The point the Grizzlies scored on the side out before the streak made it a 10-0 run).
Butler kept the momentum at the start of the third game, going out to a 6-1 lead. But the Greyhounds took advantage of some errors to chip into the lead. Then they got some stronger play going before tying the score at 15-15 on a freeball kill by Lindsay Smith.
Or so they thought. It turned out the 'Hounds were serving out of turn. That took a point away and gave Butler the serve -- a side out that, thanks to rally scoring, turned a tie score into a 16-14 Butler lead.
However, the Greyhounds hung in there and got within one point one last time, 19-18, when Tayler Hosey picked up a kill. But Butler got the ball back on a Lindsay Williams kill and served out the match.
Katie VanLue had five kills for the Greyhounds in the match while Smith had four. Kara Probert, filling in for regular setter Kara Baker, had eight assists. VanLue also had five blocks and Hosey served two aces.
Fort Scott travels to Cloud County for a conference match at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, then returns home for a non-conference match with Cedar Valley (Texas) at 7 p.m. Sept. 17.