2009 Butler Volleyball
Friday, Oct. 30
Valparaiso (17-7, 9-2 HL) at Butler (18-11, 7-4 HL)- 7 p.m. - Hinkle Fieldhouse
Butler continues its chase for the top of the Horizon League standings Friday night, hosting Valparaiso at 7 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs are two games behind Valpo for 2nd place in the Horizon League standings.
Butler (18-11, 7-4 HL) can move closer to the top of the HL standings with a win over the Crusaders (17-7, 9-2 HL) Valpo defeated the Bulldogs, 3-0, at Valpo on October 2. BU has won three of its last four matches, including a 3-0 victory at Indiana State Wednesday (Oct. 28) night.
Junior Jessica Wolfe continues to lead the Horizon League in kills (4.07), points (4.73) and aces (0.34) per set. Freshman Gina Vera is 2nd in the HL with 10.75 assists per set. Sophomore Maureen Bamiro is 3rd in the league in blocks (1.07).
Valpo is led by Angie Porche, last year's Horizon League Offensive Player of the Year. Porche is 2nd in the league in kills (3.79) and 4th in points (4.14).
There are plenty of promotions for Friday's volleyball match: a Halloween costume contest, a faculty vs. students volleyball match and more breast cancer awareness programming. The match can be found live at HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv.
WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe is leading the Horizon League in kills (403), kills per set (4.07) and points per set (4.73). If she can maintain her 4.07 kills rate, it would be the 7th 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 40th in the nation in kills per set and 31st 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 5th in the Horizon league in digs (4.44) and is 3rd in the HL in conference play (5.11). The Bargersville, Ind., was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after picking up 27 digs in a 3-0 win over 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 ranks 2nd in the Horizon League and ranks 43rd in the country with 10.75 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 0.49, 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 3,980 career attacks, good for 6th on Butler's all-time list. She is also 5th in school history with 1,402 kills, 196 swats behind Kali Carter (2001-04).
WELL-SERVED, WELL-HIT: The Bulldogs are the Horizon League's top serving team, leading the conference in aces overall (1.40) and in league play (1.53). Both Jessica Wolfe (1st) and Katie Daprile (7th) 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 hosts the Chicago schools November 6-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse in what is the team's final home weekend. Loyola comes to Indianapolis Friday, Nov. 6, followed by UIC the next night. Both matches are at 7 p.m.