Finding a way
Butler volleyball team loses starting setter, still battles way past Pine-Richland, 3-1
By Mike Kilroy
Eagle Staff Writer
BUTLER TWP — Unforced errors threatened to sink both teams.
That's because both the
“It was not a pretty night for volleyball,” said Butler Lew Liparulo, grinning. “But the kids stayed with it and that's what's important. They have enough confidence that they know even when things are down they can work through it.”
But things unraveled quickly for the Golden Tornado in Game 2 as errors led to an 18-10 hole
“In the game we lost, we had 14 unforced errors,” Liparulo said. “We didn't serve well. We didn't pass well.”
Pine-Richland (2-2, 2-2) was error-prone in that match, committing 10 unforced errors.
The Rams' woes escalated from there in the fourth game as six of
“Both teams made a ton of errors tonight,” said Pine-Richland assistant coach Shawn Grady. “It was a close match. The unforced errors have to go away. Was that the reason we lost? Probably. But both sides were making them.”
Both sides also had some bright spots.
“He hits the ball from anywhere,” Liparulo said. “I have a lot of praise for him. And the kids put the ball in the setter's hands.”
“I give the kids a lot of credit. We had to adjust our lineup and it was a little different, but we adapted,” Liparulo said. “Concussions, I don't take a chance. (Schnur) took a big shot to the head.”
James Kozej led Pine-Richland with 18 kills.
“Kozej is most definitely the leader of this team,” Grady said. “He's our most senior player. He's played club. He was captain last year as well. We rely upon him pretty heavily.”
Butler relies heavily on a slew of sophomores, which made Liparulo even more pleased that his team was able to overcome its errors to win against a quality section foe.
“There are points where we have four 10th-graders out there at once,” Liparulo said. “We're susceptible to making errors because of that. But we battle.”