Good Morning Dawgs,

Two weekends ago the Butler Men’s Club Volleyball team travelled to St. Louis, MO to compete in its first away event since early 2020. The Midwest Plains Volleyball Conference (MWPVC) hosted an event at Oakville High School for its east regional competition. The Dawgs entered the day as the number 6 seed, but would outperform their ranking and finish 3rd after an unfortunate tiebreaker. The team started the day off with a 25-11, 25-15 victory against Saint Louis B. The next game the dawgs were also victorious winning in three sets against Missouri State B 28-26, 23-25, 15-10. In the last game of the morning, Butler was also victorious against the 3rd overall seed Missouri S & T in convincing fashion, 25-14, 25-16. This placed Butler in the championship pool with defending national champions Saint Louis A and Division 1 school Missouri State, the number 1 and number 2 overall seeds for the tournament. The Dawgs stayed hot and defeated the Missouri State club 25-15, 14-25, 15-13, a great upset. The Dawgs would eventually run out of gas for the final game of the day losing to SLU 18-25, 22-25. Missouri State would go on to defeat SLU in the last game of championship pool leaving the winner down to tiebreakers. Unfortunately the Dawgs would finish third due to these tiebreakers but hey that’s still pretty great.

This doesn’t take away from the incredible performance the Dawgs put up all day, not to mention using 7 underclassmen and 1 senior all day. This young team is dangerous and they let it be known early. The MWPVC is officially on notice for the Dawgs to cause issues in conference play. As a reward for their great play the dawgs were ranked #6 overall in the country for division 2. A great accomplishment and the highest ranking in program history. Also, senior citizen, Alex Reinke, was named Co-MVP of the East Regional tournament as voted on by directors of the tournament. Congrats to him for a great tournament. We cannot wait to continue the season.

Next week Tuesday 2/22/2022 the Dawgs will host Taylor University for a scrimmage on campus. We would love any support the Butler family has to offer.

That is all, as always Go Dawgs.

Posted by Alex Reinke

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