ROCK HILL, S.C. - Senior Porshia Allen and junior Jessica Wolfe each had a double-double and BU managed to take the second set but Winthrop defeated the Butler volleyball team, 3-1, Saturday night in Winthrop's tournament. Butler went 2-1 in the tourney and Allen and Wolfe were each named to the all-tournament team.
Allen and Wolfe each had 16 kills and 12 digs, with Allen hitting a team-best .419. Freshman Gina Vera had 46 assists and junior Katie Daprile posted 27 digs.
Winthrop controlled the first set, jumping out to a 15-9 lead and maintaining a slim lead on the way to a 25-23 win.
The second set was similar, but with the Bulldogs in control. BU led 17-16 before taking seven straight points - including three straight kills by Wolfe - to build a 24-16 lead. Butler ended up taking the set 25-20 to tie the match 1-1.
Winthrop would take the next two sets, each by a 25-21 decision. WU controlled the third set but the Bulldogs rallied to pull within 24-23. A service error then ended the set and gave Winthrop a 2-1 lead.
Butler (8-5) fought back and built a 19-17 lead in the fourth set. Winthrop then went on a couple of runs to eventually clinch the match and take the final set 25-21.
"We played well, we just couldn't win the crucial points needed to finish sets," head coach Sharon Clark said. "Porshia was hitting well and we had good play across our front row. Winthrop just played hard and beat us."
Butler opens Horizon League play at Youngstown State Thursday, Sept. 17 as a prelude to next weekend's tournament at Kent State.
WINTHROP HILTON GARDEN INN INVITE ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM
Porshia Allen, Butler
Jessica Wolfe, Butler
Alexa John, North Carolina Central
Dominique Bozier, Morgan State
Maja Jechorek, Appalachian State
Kristin Cruse, Winthrop
Baylee Strachan, Winthrop
Kaley Viola, Winthrop (MVP)