RESULT: Butler def. Green Bay 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 15-10
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The Butler volleyball team finished its week-long swing of road matches Sunday with a 3-2 win at Green Bay. The Bulldogs won three of the four road contests and are now 7-1 in league play, keeping pace for first place in the Horizon League standings.
Butler (12-7, 7-1 HL) rallied for three straight sets after starting the match down 2-0. Senior Jessica Wolfe posted 23 kills and 18 digs to lead the Bulldogs. Junior Maureen Bamiro added 19 kills and seven blocks. Senior Katie Daprile had 29 digs and sophomore Gina Vera dished out 57 assists.
"Jessie, Maureen and Katie all stepped up huge for us," head coach Sharon Clark said.
After falling behind, the Bulldogs found their game in the third set. Butler started fast in the set, and a Wolfe kill would give BU a 12-8 lead. Leading 14-13, Butler won four straight points to go up 18-13. The Dawgs would lead the rest of the way, winning the third set 25-22.
"The fatigue factor was huge, being on the road for our fourth match," Clark said. "But the team fought through it and stuck together for a tough win.
"Green Bay came out on fire, playing at home. It's nearly impossible to win three of four on the road in a six-day span."
An early 4-0 run in the fourth set gave BU a 6-4 lead and forced a Green Bay timeout. The Bulldog lead would grow to 13-7 after a Wolfe kill and a pair of Phoenix attack errors. Butler would maintain a sizable lead throughout and win the set 25-19, tying the match 2-2.
BU took command in the fifth set, grabbing a lead of 6-2. Eventually, Butler would lead 11-6. Green Bay won the next three points, but the Bulldogs regrouped and finished the comeback victory on a 4-1 run.
The Bulldogs, winners of three straight and eight of their last nine, return home to Hinkle Fieldhouse Friday, Oct. 15 vs. Valparaiso at 7 p.m. Loyola comes to Hinkle the next evening. BU has already defeated those two teams earlier this season.