Spring 2018: Bulldog Classic Recap & Semester Schedule

Spring 2018: Bulldog Classic Recap & Semester Schedule

Bulldog Classic

The Men’s Club Volleyball team just hosted their first tournament in many years. Both “Butler A” and “Butler B” competed in the inaugural Bulldog Classic on January 27th. The A team finished 2nd and the B team finished 6th.

The A team cruised through pool play knocking off Ball State (25-10, 25-17), Louisville (25-11, 25-11), and U Indy (25-13, 25-11). The A team took on Butler B in the quarterfinals and won (25-22) and beat Indiana State in the semifinals (25-21, 25-16) . The A team took on Western Michigan for the third time this year in the finals. After taking the first set 25-16, the dawgs dropped set 2 (22-25) and set 3 (8-15). Jakob “Jaws” Jozwiakowski, Jackson Nagle, Nate Kelch, and Sam Smith powered a very balanced and efficient offense while Rob Smith and Johnny McDonald contributed to the defensive effort. Special shoutout to Jaws for staying on his line all tournament.

The B team struggled a bit throughout the day. They were short-handed in pool play and drew a tough opponent in the quarterfinals. A lot of guys were either playing for the first time or playing a new position. The B team lost to Western Michigan, Indiana State, and U Indy in pool play. John Lacheta and Sam Burton kept the offense rolling while Jonathan Phoun, Richie Colburn, and Brad Herzog played tough defense throughout the day. The B team lost in the quarterfinals to the A team (22-25).

Semester Schedule

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the semester:

-February 10: tournament at Lincoln College

-February 11: quad at Rose Hulman

-March 3 & 4: tournament at Bradley University

-April 12-14: national tournament at St. Louis


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Fall 2017: End-of-semester update

**Fall 2017: End of semester update**

Butler’s Men’s Club Volleyball team just ended one of its most successful semesters in recent years. With a few huge wins at Purdue, the Dawgs finished the semester with a record of 12-8. 


After starting the year 6-2, here’s how the team did:

Northern Illinois tournament

The Dawgs traveled to Northern Illinois University in early November. We started the day against the reigning national champion, St. Louis University. Without going into too much detail, let’s just say that wasn’t our best match. We played better against NIU’s alumni team and University of Illinois, but we lost two close matches and put us at 0-3 for the day. We bounced back with a nice win against Toledo. Rob Smith played some good defense in that match to help us get back on track. The Dawgs then won a revenge game against University of Chicago. The team lost to University of Chicago at this tournament last year and didn’t want the same result again. Brandon “Pipe” Gansell and Sam Smith led the offensive attack for the Dawgs in a blow-out win against the Phoenix. With those two wins, the dawgs had momentum going into the last match of the day against Western Michigan. Despite Nate Kelch’s blocking and Brandon Gansell’s hitting, the Dawgs dropped a tight one to Western Michigan to end the day 2-4.

Purdue tournament

The Dawgs were back in action the weekend following Thanksgiving Break at Purdue University. The team played some of their best volleyball of the semester and took third in a very tough tournament. The tournament started with a huge win against Wisconsin. In the words of Matthew Condon, it was a “thriller”. The Dawgs’ offensive attack got hot early and the Badgers had no answer for Jakob Jozwiakowski’s defense. “Jaws” would be later be named “First Team All-Defense” for his efforts. The Dawgs took the momentum from this match into the rest of pool play by knocking off Michigan and UW-Milwaukee in 2 sets each. We ended day 1 of the tournament with a match against Indiana. The Dawgs took the first set after an incredible serving run from Jonathan Phoun. IU’s block proved to be too much in sets 2 and 3 as the Dawgs dropped a heartbreaker to end the day. Day 2 of the tournament started with a come-from-behind victory against Central Michigan. The Dawgs won the first set easily but found themselves down 19-24 in set two. The Dawgs ran off 7 straight points to take the second set, sending us to the semifinals against Wisconsin. We split the first two sets with neither team being able to pull away until the last few points. The Badgers came out hot in set three and the Dawgs were never able to recover. The Dawgs ended the tournament 4-2 and a third place finish.

Looking ahead…

The Dawgs are looking forward to a home tournament on January 27th. This is the first time in many years that we’ve had enough guys for an A and B team which is very exciting. More details about this to come. We’d love to see you all there.

The team is also looking forward to the return of Jacob Gulley. The team’s “real president” will be back after spending all of last semester recovering from a stress fracture.

We’re excited to announce that the team will be going to NATIONALS for the first time in over 5 years. The team will be in St. Louis from April 11th-14th to compete with schools across the country.



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Fall 2017: Mid-Semester Update

*Fall 2017: Mid-Semester Update*

Butler’s Men’s Volleyball Team is up and running for the 2017-2018 academic year. The team has brought on 3 new players and 4 practice players to go along with 12 returning players. There’s a lot of energy on the practice court as we gear up for a busy semester. We plan on playing 16-18 matches during the fall semester and compete at Nationals in the spring.

Dawgs are off to a fast start this year. With 8 matches already in the books, the Dawgs are 6-2 on the year. The team has already exceeded their win total from all of last year (4) with two more tournaments remaining in the fall semester. Here’s a quick rundown of our matches so far:

Scrimmage vs. Ball State (W) (1-0): 25-16, 25-10. The Dawgs beat Ball State soundly in 2 sets. The team was a little rusty in the beginning but tough serving powered the Dawgs to their first win of the year.

Tournament at Illinois State (3rd)

-Dawgs vs. Bradley (W) (2-0): 17-25, 25-14. The Dawgs came out really slow against Bradley but were able to turn things around in the second set and beat Bradley to start off the ISU tournament.

-Dawgs vs. Indiana State 2’s (W) (3-0): 25-13, 25-16. Everyone got in on the action as the Dawgs took down Indiana State’s 2’s in 2 sets.  

-Dawgs vs. SIUE (W) (4-0): 25-10, 25-16. SIU Edwardsville had a few big hitters but the Dawgs were able to prevail in 2 sets.

-Dawgs vs. Illinois State Alumni (L): (4-1) 24-26, 15-25. ISU Alumni team was big and tough. The Dawgs kept things interesting in set 1 but the alumni were too much to handle in set 2.

-*Quarterfinals* Dawgs vs. Western Michigan (W): (5-1) 25-22. In a 1 set playoff with Western Michigan, the Dawgs beat Western Michigan in a close, high-energy match.  

-*Semifinals* Dawgs vs. Illinois State Alumni (L): (5-2) 16-25, 25-22, 12-15. The Dawgs got one last crack at the alumni team in the semifinals. After a rough first set, the Dawgs started to figure things out. The Dawgs were the only team to steal a set from the ISU Alumni team all day. The Dawgs ultimately fell on the losing side of a tight third set.

Scrimmage vs. IUPUI (W): Forfeit (6-2). IUPUI has been on the calendar since we played them last March. When setting things up for our match this semester. We were told that they don’t have a team this year. So yes, we are counting that as a win.


The Dawgs are looking forward to our next two tournaments. We’ll will be at Northern Illinois University on Saturday, November 4th and Purdue University on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd. More details about those tournaments will be made available as soon as we have them.



A successful first half of the fall semester merits two thumbs up from our President!


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The Butler University Volleyball Club (BUMVC) was founded in 2008, in order to create another playing avenue for competitive volleyball players. Since then, the club has grown into one of the student engaging, trend setting, and popular clubs on campus. We recently re-branded and reorganized the club in hopes of becoming of one of the biggest organizations in Indianapolis.




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