2010 Butler Volleyball
At 9-1, the Butler volleyball team is the outright leader for first place in the Horizon League standings. The Bulldogs will try to keep the conference lead when it heads to Wright State Friday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The match’s live video stream can be found on ButlerSports.com.
Butler is coming off a 2-0 home weekend, picking up wins over Valparaiso and Loyola. The Bulldogs, winners of five straight and 10 of 11, moved a half game ahead of 8-1 Milwaukee in the process. Butler routed Valparaiso, 3-0, in 76 minutes before picking up a 3-1 win over Loyola last Saturday.
The Dawgs have already defeated Wright State once this season, beating the Raiders 3-1 back on Sept. 24. Four different players had at least nine kills and Butler racked up 12.5 team blocks in that victory.
Senior Jessica Wolfe and junior Maureen Bamiro have led Butler’s climb to the top of the league standings. Wolfe continues to lead the Horizon League in points and kills and Bamiro is in the top 4 in hitting and blocks. She is seventh in the league in points.
Butler will continue on the road at Chicago State and UIC Oct. 28-29. BU’s next home match is against Green Bay Friday, Nov. 5.
LEAGUE LEADER: WIth two wins last weekend, Butler is now 9-1 in league play and owns first place in the league standings outright. This is despite playing six of 10 league tilts on the road. With six conference matches left, Butler will have the advantage of playing at home four times. It is the first time Butler has started 9-1 in league play since 2004.
WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe, leads the league in kills per set (3.94) and points per set (4.44). Last year, she led the league in both categories en route to first team All-Horizon League honors. Her 4.01 kills rate last season was the eighth best season of hitting in school history. The Plainfield, Ind., native has 12 outings with at least 14 kills this season along with nine double-doubles.
ALL-TIME WINS LEADER: With Butler’s 3-1 vicotry over Loyola, Sharon Clark became Butler’s all-time leader in volleyball coaching wins. In her 11th season at BU, Clark owns 170 wins, surpassing former coach Sharon Dingman’s mark of 169. Last season, Butler’s 3-0 win over Alabama A&M on Homecoming was career victory No. 250 for Sharon Clark.
WOLFE REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY: Not only was Jessica Wolfe prominent among the Horizon League leaders, the 6-2 outside hitter also garnered national attention. Wolfe was named AVCA All-Midwest Region and then capture honorable mention AVCA All-America honors. Wolfe is currently 49th in the country in kills per set and 54th in the nation in points.
DAPRILE DIGS THE RECORD: Katie Daprile is now BU’s all-time leader for career digs and enters this weekend with 1,806. Megan Knightly (2002-05) was the previous digs record holder with 1,737. The 5-11 senior has put together two of the most prolific digs seasons in school history, posting a school-record 541 digs in 2008 and beating that with 556 digs last season. Her current career rate of 4.18 digs per set would also be a school record.
BU vs. THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: Butler has won three straight against Wright State and is 26-21 (.553) against the Raiders all-time. BU defeated Wright State 3-1 back on Sept. 24.
VERA SETTING IT UP: Gina Vera, who was named to the league’s all-newcomer squad last season, is averaging 11.92 assists per set during Butler’s last three wins, up from her season average of 10.20. She had a season-high 57 assists in Butler’s 3-2 win at Green Bay on Oct. 10.
GIVING ‘MO’ THIS YEAR: Maureen Bamiro has been a key contributor to Butler’s 9-1 start. She ranks in the league’s top 8 in four different categories (hitting, kills, points and blocks). She has hit at least .250 in five of the last six matches and had eight blocks in Butler’s win over Loyola.
LESTER TRYING ANOTHER SPORT: Susan Lester, now a volleyball starter, was a standout basketball player for BU the past four years. The Anderson, Ind., native scored 1,275 points and grabbed 781 rebounds. The all-league hoops player, now in grad school, posted a career-best 24 digs in BU’s win at Valparaiso on Sept. 18.
UP NEXT: Butler travels to Chicago for a pair of matches Oct. 28-29. BU will play at Chicago State Thursday, Oct. 28 and at UIC the next evening.