Bearcat Volleyball Falls in Five Set Thriller to Nashua-Plainfield Tuesday Night

The North Butler volleyball team fell at home in a five set thriller 3-2 to Nashua Plainfield in Top of Iowa Conference play Tuesday night in Greene, as aired on 104.9 KLMJ. It was also Dig Pink Night for the Bearcats, as the team and community honored and remembered those that continue to battle cancer.

The Bearcats fell behind 2-0, after the Huskies won the first set 25-23 and the second set 25-22. The Bearcats responded with support from a great Bearcat crowd on hand, to even the match up at 2-2, winning the third set in extra points 26-24 and the fourth set 25-23. The fifth set saw the Huskies lead early by as many as six points. The Bearcats rallied to tie things up late in the set at 13-13, and had a match point opportunity leading 14-13. The Huskies scored the final three points of the match, to secure the set win 16-14 and the match win 3-2. Head Coach Sarah Goodrich says the Bearcats effort was resilient throughout the match.

"Unfortunately the first two sets did not go our way but our team was extremely resilent and never gave up on each other," says Goodrich. "Their was no play that their wasn't effort given and I can't fault their effort at all. Unfortunately, we fell to a fairly matched Nashua team but their effort all night long was there and their were alot of positives on our side of the court."  

Goodrich says Dig Pink Night was an opportunity to honor former North Butler Head Volleyball Coach Jamie Osterbuhr who is battling cancer and to remember others and says the community helped make it a special night.

"So we really wanted to honor them this game and fight for them because we were lucky to be on the court but unfortunately not everyone gets that opportunity. So just bringing the game that we brought and to honor those individuals, that are battling cancer, are cancer survivors, or lost their battle. The community brings it everytime, we know that their energy is just top notch." 

The Bearcats were led by junior captain Olivia Dralle with 15 kills, senior Reagan Mulder added nine kills, and senior Mollie Buss finished with four kills.

The Bearcats move to 8-14 overall and 1-5 in Top of Iowa and their next match will be at West Fork on Tuesday Sept. 27th, a match that will air on 104.9 KLMJ.

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