Athletics: Buttermaker Tournament

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2013 Tournament

Friday-Saturday, September 6-7
Participating Schools
DeSales, FDU-Florham, Gallaudet, Moravian, Muhlenberg, Neumann, Penn State Abington, Rutgers-Camden, Salisbury

Friday results
Pool A
Muhlenberg def. Penn State Abington, 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-13)
Neumann def. Penn State Abington, 3-1 (17-25, 25-13, 25-23, 25-15)
Muhlenberg def. Neumann, 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-17)

Pool B
DeSales def. Rutgers-Camden, 3-0 (25-16, 25-17, 25-7)
Salisbury def. Rutgers-Camden, 3-0 (25-21, 25-17, 25-20)
Salisbury def. DeSales, 3-1 (25-20, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)

Pool C
Moravian def. FDU-Florham, 3-1 (22-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-23)
Gallaudet def. FDU-Florham, 3-0 (25-18, 25-23, 25-13)
Gallaudet def. Moravian, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 26-24)

Saturday schedule
Pool AA
Salisbury def. Muhlenberg, 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-21)
Salisbury def. Gallaudet, 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-17)
Gallaudet def. Muhlenberg, 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-15)

Pool BB
DeSales def. Neumann, 3-0 (27-25, 25-22, 25-18)
DeSales def. Moravian, 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-8)
Moravian def. Neumann, 3-2 (25-18, 25-18, 21-25, 22-25, 15-12)

Pool CC
Rutgers-Camden def. Penn State Abington, 3-1 (25-21, 13-25, 25-23, 25-12)
FDU-Florham def. Rutgers-Camden 3-1 (25-15, 25-21, 23-25, 25-21)
FDU-Florham def. Penn State Abington, 3-0 (25-15, 25-16, 25-20)

champion: Salisbury; runner-up: Gallaudet

All-Tournament Team
Michelle Meehan, Salisbury
Nikki Binetti, Salisbury
Lane Peters, Gallaudet
Kali Frowick, Gallaudet
Sarah Weyhmuller, Muhlenberg
Amanda Wallitsch, DeSales
Kelly Brown, Moravian
Gianna Jones, Neumann
Alex Mueller, FDU-Florham
Olivia Rowland, Rutgers-Camden

The Buttermaker Story

The 1990 Muhlenberg volleyball team was a very young but promising group. Comprised mostly of freshmen, the team worked extremely hard but met with lots of frustration and disappointment during the early part of the season.

In an effort to keep their morale up, and to point out the necessity of continuing to work hard and thus ultimately achieve success, Coach Frank Marino told them the following story:

There was once a group of frogs who happened upon a large vat of milk. Seeing an opportunity for fun, they jumped into the vat and began to frolic. Unfortunately, the edge of the vat was shaped in a curved way that allowed for easy entry but impossible exit.

The frogs swam frantically about and tried hard to escape from the vat. Eventually all but one frog grew exhausted, sank to the bottom and perished. The remaining frog continued to kick and kick until the milk solidified and was turned to butter. The frog was therefore able to climb out of the vat and survive.

The obvious moral of the story was if you keep kicking and trying, you will eventually succeed.

That group of freshmen went on to set the College record for wins. Further, of the seven who were freshmen at that time, five made Dean’s List every semester and three were Phi Beta Kappa. The group came to be known as the “Buttermakers” and established traditions of excellence and pride which succeeding teams strive to maintain. The program holds a tournament every year named in their honor.