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2020 Spring Season Wrap Up

Well that didn’t go as planned…Unfortunately due to the ever grumpy COVID-19 the season was cut short, too short. When all players left for spring break in early March we said our “see you later” assuming we would see them in a week or two, this would not be the case. Butler University moved to online schooling during spring break and the 2020 roster’s last words of “see you later” turned into “goodbyes” pretty quickly. Shortly thereafter the NCVF cancelled their annual national tournament that was scheduled to be hosted in Kansas City on Easter weekend. The club and all of its members are very sad to have their season cut short. Sometimes that is just how the cookie crumbles and instead of letting it get the best of us we look forward to next season and becoming better students and athletes as a result. With that being said we want to extend a huge thank you to our two seniors for their countless time they have spent with the club.

Brad Herzog- A swiss army knife of a player who was always ready to practice. Brad, better known by some as “baseball bat Brad”, was a student of the game for all four years of college volleyball. He learned a lot and grew as a player. Men’s Club Volleyball reaches out a big thank you to Brad for his commitment.

Johnny McDonald- The backbone of the team for the past few years Johnny will be next to impossible to replace. President of this club his sophomore year Johnny was vital in sending Butler to its first national tournament as well as mentoring incoming presidents for their terms. All-conference honoree a few times, “Johnald” will also be tough to replace on the court as well. Johnny has anchored the outside position for this club for plenty of years and even lived out his volleyball dream when he set for an entire tournament this year. Rumor has it he sent a mix-tape of his highlights coming in as a freshman, now that is dedication!!!! Johnny moves on to to take his CPA exams this summer and we are rooting for him as he has always rooted for us. We might miss most his countless miles on the red Toyota Rav-4 but I am sure we will find a new road trip vehicle. Below is a picture of Johnny, what a beautiful human!

THANK YOU SENIORS AND BEST OF LUCK MOVING ON!

To wrap up this post I would like to welcome our new officers. I know with good faith that they are eager and excited to carry on the Butler Men’s Club Volleyball ways!

President- Alex Reinke

Vice President- Henry Weinberg

Treasurer- Mitch Hoelscher

Social Media Chair- Nathan Carnes

Best of luck to them in 2020-2021, the club is in great hands!

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D2 Invite and Looking Forward

The Dawgs traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin this past weekend to participate in the D2 Invitational. The Dawgs were without some key members of the team and finished the weekend with a record of 2-6.

L- Winona State (23-25, 17-25)

L- La Crosse (14-25, 13-25)

L- Mankato (13-25, 12-25)

L- River Falls (22-25, 12-25)

W- Stephen’s Point (25-22, 15-25, 15-8)

L- Carroll (24-26, 19-25)

W- Saint Olaf (27-25, 18-25, 17-15)

L- Michigan Tech (18-25, 25-22, 10-15)

Overall, it was not the best weekend for the Dawgs but this is another step in the journey to Nationals. The upcoming schedule will consist of practice and the Dawgs training until Nationals in April.

Go Dawgs!!!

 

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Upcoming Schedule for the Dawgs

The Dawgs are back in action after a much needed break. On February 1st, the Dawgs will return to Peoria, Illinois to attend the Regional Championships at Bradley University. The Dawgs will look to have a strong showing in our first league tournament of the season. Also, Nationals registration is underway and the Dawgs are that much closer to returning to Nationals. This is just another step on the road to Kansas City in the spring.

Go Dawgs!!

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Happy Holidays From The Dawgs

The Dawgs had a successful first semester and are looking to transfer that success over to next semester. Now, the Dawgs are at rest and will recharge over this Christmas break and gear up for next semester. All the Dawgs want for Christmas is a bid to Nationals in Kansas City.

The Dawgs would like to extend their holiday wishes to all of Club Sports and the entire Butler community. Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

 

Go Dawgs!!

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End of Fall Semester Recap

The Dawgs Fall season is coming to a close, the Dawgs finish the fall season with a 6-2-2 record. Overall, it was a very strong start to the season for the Dawgs. The Dawgs showed great grit and determination throughout every match they played this semester. Below are the results from our last tournament at Bradley University in PeoVegas, Illinois. Thanks for the support and help this semester. The Dawgs hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with friends and family. See you all next semester!!

-SLU-B- Team recovered from slow start to overcome the SLU-B team

-Illinois C- Thanks to a strong defense and quick offense the team pounded the Illinois-C team in straight sets

-Ball State- The Dawgs were able to get their revenge on Ball State with a dominant performance

-Bradley University- Dawgs made it to the gold bracket and faced a team that should have been faced in the championship and lose their quarterfinal match in 3 sets

Happy Holidays

Go Dawgs!!

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Butler Fall Classic Results and Upcoming Schedule

The Butler A team provided a solid performance until they ultimately fell in the championship match to Ball State. They finished with an overall record of 9-4 . Also, the Butler B team had a very strong showing as they finished 4th with a record of 3-5. Overall, it was a very good day of volleyball for the Dawgs. Up next, the Dawgs will be traveling to Bradley on November 2nd to participate in the Bradley University Fall Invitational. This is yet another step towards Kansas City.

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Butler 3rd Annual Fall Invitational

Welcome back, the Dawgs are excited to open the 2019-2020 season with our 3rd annual fall invitational. This year the Dawgs play host teams from around the area including Ball State and Indiana State. The tournament will take place October 12th in the HRC on both courts 1 and 2 starting at 9:00 a.m. We would love to see support from the BU community all day!!! The dawgs volleyball is restocking for the upcoming campaign; the road to Kansas City starts now!

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Welcome Back!!

Welcome back Bulldogs!!! With classes starting back up that means volleyball season is not too far behind. This year we have a lot of spots to fill with a large group of graduating players from the 2018-2019 season. We will miss the likes of graduating seniors and fifth years Robert Smith, John Lacheta, Johnathan Phoun, Randall Kelch, and former president Sam Burton (May he forever reign over the North). We do however return honorable mention all-conference star outside Johnny McDonald. New officers are eager to get back out on the court and cannot wait for tryouts this upcoming week. With that being said tryouts were originally scheduled for September 2nd and 4th. Due to slight oversight Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day and we are going to cancel that tryout and push the tryout to the following week. New schedule for tryouts will be:

Wednesday, September 4th @ 7:30 P.M. HRC Court 1

Monday, September 9th @ 7:30 P.M. HRC Court 1

We look forward to seeing all the players come and play!!

 

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Nationals 2019

It’s time, the event that the whole season has been geared towards has finally arrived! The team leaves for Denver this afternoon to embark on a 3 day quest to compete for the D2 national championship. Led by a core of seniors and a couple first years the team is ready for the challenge ahead. Junior outside hitter Johnny McDonald picked up an MWPVC All-Conference award last week, and is firing on all cylinders (right into the block) heading into Denver. The dawgs will tweet the schedule of play from our twitter page and instagram daily, as well as provide score updates and other random facts. We will also be taking over the Butler Club Sports Instagram along with the girls team all weekend so keep your eyes open for that.

Finally the team would like to take a moment to thank and appreciate all those who donated to us in order to provide us with this amazing opportunity. The following contributors listed in alphabetical order can not be thanked enough for their contributions and support of the Butler Men’s Volleyball team! From the whole team thank you!

Team Sponsors:

The Brown Family

The Burton Family

The O’Hern Family

Ms. Karen Scherer

Mr. Spencer Thomason

Lastly be sure to follow all of our socials (usernames presented below)

Twitter: @ButlerMVB

Instagram: @bumensclubvb

We are ready and excited to get going in Denver. Heard theres a big real estate sale going on, and we’re going for some beachfront property!

Go Dawgs!

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Fall Season Awards

Now the excitement of the Holiday season is over its time to settle down and get ready for a new season of volleyball. With that being said, it is now the season for award shows. So, before we move onto the more competitive part of our season Butler Volleyball would like to reflect on the fall season and hand out some awards. Now these awards carry now prize value or trophy, but more the respect and honor to be engraved on this blog forever. So, it is now our great pleasure to present to you the 2018 fall season awards:

 

We start with the practice player of the year. This award honors the player that always shows up to every practice and gives 110%. Practice would not be complete without seeing this guy playing hard and laying it all on the court. Congratulations to the 2018 practice player of the year Michael Chinn!

 

We travel a lot, driving four to five hours on average to tournaments and then four to five hours back. With this much time in a car you learn a lot about ones driving habits and skills… or in this case lack thereof. It is great honor that we present the 2018 driver of the year award to Johnny McDonald, please please learn to drive better for this season.

 

We stay at a lot of budget hotels and they’re always pretty boring and in the middle of the nowhere. We can always count on one person to make sure the morale in the hotel stays high. Making sure the team is together and not bored in the middle of nowhere. So, the Red Roof traveler of the year award goes to Trevor Tokarek

 

When Jakob Jozwiakowski graduated last year, we knew we would not only lose his setting skills but also his ability to trash talk and get in the other team’s head. Luckily this year we have recruited a freshman that loves to play the mental game with the other team. Alex Reinke is this year’s Trash talker of the year award winner, congratulations!

 

Now most of those awards were well deserved but had a jovial attitude to them, it’s time for the real team awards. Below you will find the winners of the Defensive and offensive player of the year awards, the team spirit award, the mental attitude award winner, and finally this seasons MVP.

 

Team spirit award is someone that always goes the extra mile to make sure time morale is at an all-time high. Whether that be during practice or during games this player is always in a happy and jovial mood. The fall season team spirit award goes to Jacob Gulley.

 

Butler Blue III is someone that always keeps everyone at Butler happy and focused. The face of the university, and face for what the Butler way is. That is why it is an honor to name our mental attitude award after him. There is a player this season that has showed up to every practice with a smile on his face ready to do anything form setup the nets to tear them down. Always making sure he has a good time during volleyball practice and is ready to play. Without further introduction Matthew O’Hern or Matty Ice is our mental attitude award winner.

 

And lastly the three awards that need no introduction or explanation:

Jared Curcio Defensive Player of the Season: Jonathon Phoun

Offensive Player of the Season: Jackson Nagle

Team MVP: Robert Smith

 

It was a great fall season but the dawgs are hungry and ready to kick off the spring season and start the road to nationals. See you next week!

 

#GoDawgs #StillHere