Five Bulldogs Earn All-Horizon League Honors

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler volleyball team, which posted an 11-5 record in Horizon League play, had five players receive All-Horizon League honors. Senior Maureen Bamiro and sophomore Maggie Harbison were named All-Horizon League while freshmen Belle Obert, Kelly Kyle and Brooke Ruffolo earned all-newcomer team status.

"I'm grateful to the Horizon League coaches for recognizing five of our seven starters with league honors. Being such a young team with 6 freshmen, we had high hopes for this season but realistic expectation and goals," head coach Sharon Clark said. "This group of talented players worked hard all season and gained that valuable on-court experience. Our middles led the conference in blocking and were a great offensive threat all season. Our freshmen will add this experience to their talent and we are excited to see their continued progress for the next three years."

Bamiro, a native of Kalamazoo, Mich., was named All-Horizon League for the second straight season. She averaged a team-leading 2.80 kills per set with a team-best .288 hitting percentage during the regular season. Bamiro stands among the league leaders in blocks (4th), hitting percentage (6th) and kills (10th). The 6-2 middle blocker was an AVCA All-Midwest Region selection last season, and she'll finish her career among Butler's all-time leaders in blocks.

Harbison, a Carmel, Ind., native, is an all-league pick for the first time after getting all-newcomer team honors last season. She made her mark this season at the net, ranking third and leading the team with 1.12 blocks per set. She is also one of the league's better servers, standing fourth in aces (0.33). 

Kyle, from Crawfordsville, Ind., was named to the Horizon League All-Newcomer Team after a strong freshman season as a starting outside hitter. Kyle is second on the team with 2.66 kills and 2.76 digs per set.

Obert, a freshman from Loomis, Calif., received notice from the league's coaches after coming on strong in the second half of the season. Obert is averaging 2.20 kills and 2.34 digs per set. Over Butler's current five-match win streak, the 6-2 Obert is averaging 3.40 kills and is BU's leading scorer.

Ruffolo, a freshman libero from Farmington Hills, Mich., was Butler's third all-newcomer honoree. She twice earned Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week honors and she ranks fourth in the league with 4.52 digs per set. 

Butler, which has won 10 of its last 11 matches including five in a row, will be the No. 3 seed in this weekend's Horizon League Volleyball Championship at Milwaukee. BU will play Green Bay Friday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. ET. 

Butler All-Horizon League Players

Maureen Bamiro

All-Horizon League

 

Maggie Harbison

All-Horizon League

 

Kelly Kyle

All-Newcomer

 

Belle Obert

All-Newcomer

 

Brooke Ruffolo

All-Newcomer

 

 

2011 All-Horizon League Horizon League All-Newcomer Team

Maureen Bamiro, BU

Kelly Kyle, BU

Maggie Harbison, BU

Belle Obert, BU

Jordan Goad, CSU

Brooke Ruffolo, BU

Kara Koch, CSU

Laura Purcell, Loyola

Abbey Gitter, GB

Kayla Price, UWM

Brittany Groth, GB

Sara Sternard, UIC

Elizabeth Egerer, UWM

Morgan Beil, Valpo

Rachel Neuberger, UWM

 

Morgan Potter, UWM

 

Kerri Schuh, UWM

 

Kelsey Safranek, UIC

 

Taylor Root, Valpo

 

Morgan Bell, Valpo

 

Jenny Pokorny, Valpo