BU Volleyball Aims To Stay Hot This Weekend
2009 Butler Volleyball
Friday, Oct. 2
Butler (12-7, 3-0 HL) at Valparaiso (8-6, 2-1 HL) - 8 p.m. - Valparaiso, Ind.
Saturday, Oct. 3
Alabama A&M (5-9) at Butler (12-7) - 7:30 p.m. - Hinkle Fieldhouse
Atop the Horizon League standings at 3-0, the Butler volleyball team travels to Valparaiso Friday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. On Homecoming Saturday, BU hosts Alabama A&M at 7:30 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live and can be found at ButlerSports.com. Fans attending BU's Homecoming football game can get free admission to volleyball with their football ticket stub.
BU is coming off two key Horizon League victories. The Bulldogs defeated Cleveland State (3-2) and Wright State (3-0) at home to stand alone in first place in the Horizon League. BU also is tied with Cleveland State for the league lead in victories with 12. In the win over Cleveland State, the Bulldogs had match point in the third and fourth sets before holding on for the win. The next day, Butler made quick work of WSU in three sets.
Senior Porshia Allen has been the hottest Bulldog recently, racking up 50 kills and 44 digs in her last three matches. She had 18 kills on Sept. 19 at Kent State and had 18 kills while hitting .429 against Wright State.
The Bulldogs' success has also been keyed by defense. Junior Katie Daprile continues to lead the team in digs and she has eight straight matches with at least 13 digs. Sophomore Maureen Bamiro has controlled the middle of the net, totaling 19 block assists in the two wins last weekend.
WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe is leading the Horizon League in kills (278), kills per set (4.21) and points per set (4.80). If she can maintain her 4.21 kills rate, it would be the fourth best season of hitting in school history. Wolfe was named all-tournament in three of Butler's four tourneys, and was named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week on September 7.
...AND SHE'S UP THERE NATIONALLY, TOO: According to the NCAA's most recent statistics, Wolfe is 23rd in the nation in kills per set and 26th in the nation with 4.80 points per set.
DAPRILE DIGS 1,000: Junior Katie Daprile recently surpassed the 1,000 digs mark, and she now has 1,162 career digs. The Bargersville, Ind., native is on pace to be one of BU's all-time defensive greats. For her career, Daprile is averaging 3.95 digs per set, which would be second in school history.
DIGGING THE RECORD BOOK: Katie Daprile, Butler's current leader in digs, put together the finest defensive season in Butler volleyball history in 2008. Her 541 digs during the year shattered the school's single-season record of 522, set by Laura Baire in 1993, while her 4.62 digs per game ranks as the second-best single-season rate all-time behind only Megan Knightly's 5.29 in 2005.
VERA SETTING IT UP: The setter on the other end of Butler's attack success is freshman Gina Vera. The Joliet, Ill., native leads the Horizon League and ranks 30th in the country with 10.79 assists per set. Vera, who was named all-tournament at IPFW and Kent State, has also made an impact on defense. She is tied for the league lead among setters with 29 total blocks.
ALLEN CLIMBING ATTACKS, KILLS CHARTS: Senior Porshia Allen continues to amass impressive career totals. Allen has 3,604 career attacks, 87 swats behind Lori Adams (1986-89) for 8th on Butler's all-time attacks list. She is also 10th in school history with 1,275 kills. Allen needs 81 more to catch Adams for 6th in BU history. At her current rate, Allen will finish 5th in Butler history with 3.31 kills per set.
‘08 ALL-LEAGUE RECOGNITION: Junior Kelsey Labrum was named the league's Newcomer of the Year in 2008 after playing as a freshman at Memphis. Senior Porshia Allen and junior Jessica Wolfe were both named to the all-league team last year after ranking 1-2 on the team in points per set (3.83 and 3.70, respectively).
BUTLER AMONG HL'S BEST: The Bulldogs are leading the Horizon League in most of the league's important categories: kills (602, 14.00 per set), hitting percentage (.249), digs (1,076, 16.30 per set) and assists (848, 12.85 per set). In league play, the Bulldogs are the best defensive team thus far. BU is first in blocks per set (3.36) and opponent hitting percentage (.139).
UP NEXT: Butler hosts Milwaukee Tuesday, Oct. 6th at 7 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The next night, BU hosts Green Bay. Both matches will be broadcast live online.