2009 Butler Volleyball
Friday, Oct. 23
Butler (16-10, 6-3 HL) at Wright State (10-12, 2-7 HL) - 7 p.m. - Dayton, Ohio
Butler continues its chase for the top of the Horizon League standings with two key matches this weekend. BU travels to Wright State Friday night before finishing the weekend at Cleveland State Saturday at 4 p.m. Saturday's match at CSU will be streamed live on the Horizon League Network.
Butler (16-10, 6-3 HL) stands third in the Horizon League standings, two games back of Cleveland State and Valparaiso. The Bulldogs gave CSU its only league loss, beating the Vikings 3-2 on September 25 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler had match point in both the 3rd and 4th sets before having to hold on in the final set. BU defeated Wright State, 3-0, on September 26.
Vera and junior libero Katie Daprile are coming off huge performances in last Saturday's 3-0 win over Youngstown State. Vera had 44 assists and eight digs, while Daprile had 27 digs, the league's second-highest mark in three sets. Daprile was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week.
Junior Jessica Wolfe continues to lead the Horizon League in kills (4.17), points (4.84) and aces (0.37) per set. Freshman Gina Vera is the HL's leading setter with 10.83 assists per set. In league play, senior Porshia Allen is 3rd in both in kills (4.10) and points (4.71). Sophomore Maureen Bamiro is the league's leading block (1.35) in league play.
WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe is leading the Horizon League in kills (371), kills per set (4.17) and points per set (4.84). If she can maintain her 4.17 kills rate, it would be the 5th 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 33rd in the nation in kills per set and 25th in the nation with 4.84 points per set.
COACHING MILESTONES FOR CLARK: Butler's 3-0 win over Alabama A&M on Homecoming was career victory No. 250 for Sharon Clark. The Bulldogs' head coach, in her 10th season at Butler, also reached 150 wins for her career at BU against Green Bay. The school record for wins at Butler is 169 by Sharon Dingman (1992-99).
DAPRILE KEEPS DIGGING: Junior Katie Daprile ranks 6th in the Horizon league in digs (4.42) and is 3rd in the HL in conference play (5.13). The Bargersville, Ind., was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week after picking up 27 digs against Youngstown State.
DIGGING OUT RECORDS: Katie Daprile put together the finest defensive season in Butler volleyball history in 2008. Her 541 digs during the year shattered BU's single-season record of 522, set by Laura Baire in 1993, while her 4.62 digs per game ranks as the 2nd best season rate behind only Megan Knightly (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 34th in the country with 10.83 assists per set. Vera, who was named all-tournament at IPFW and Kent State, has also made an impact on defense. She is second among all Horizon League setters in blocks per set at 0.46, trailing only CSU's Jordan Goad (0.52).
RPI WATCH: The NCAA has released the RPI for volleyball, and the Bulldogs are 3rd among Horizon League schools. Cleveland State is first at No. 99.
ALLEN CLIMBING ATTACKS, KILLS CHARTS: Senior Porshia Allen continues to amass impressive career totals. Allen has 3,860 career attacks, 72 swats behind Stephanie Wesley (1991-94) for 6th on Butler's all-time list. She is also 7th in school history with 1,365 kills and needs 32 more to pull into 5th place.
WELL-SERVED, WELL-HIT: The Bulldogs are the Horizon League's top serving team, leading the conference in aces overall (1.39) and in league play (1.61). Both Jessica Wolfe (1st) and Katie Daprile (9th) are among the HL leaders in aces. BU also leads the league in hitting percentage in league play at .255. The Bulldogs are second to Cleveland State in overall matches.
UP NEXT: Butler travels to Indiana State Wednesday, Oct. 28 and hosts Valparaiso on the 30th. The match against Valpo will be streamed live at ButlerSports.com.