2011 Butler Volleyball
The First Serve
The Butler volleyball team is back on the road after going 3-0 at home last week. The Bulldogs will travel to take on Youngstown State and Cleveland State this weekend. BU is just one game out of third place.
Butler is back in the race at 4-4 in league play after picking up three wins last week. The Bulldogs routed Wright State last Tuesday and defeated Loyola and Green Bay to bounce back from a 1-4 start in league play. The Bulldogs can make it four straight against Youngstown State, a team that Butler has never lost to since the Penguins joined the league in 2001. BU is 22-0 all-time against YSU.
Youngstown State (2-18, 1-7) is led by Missy Hundelt (3.55 kills) and Jackie Carlisle (2.65 kills). The Penguins have lost six of seven since losing 3-0 to Butler back on Sept. 17. The Bulldogs hit a season-high .304 as a team in the match.
Saturday will bring a match-up against Cleveland State, a team that won 3-0 at Butler on Sept. 16. CSU and BU have split the past eight meetings dating back to 2008. Butler is 24-13 all-time against the Vikings. Cleveland State is led by Kara Koch, an all-league player who averages 3.97 kills per set. Cleveland State is a prolific offensive team that leads the Horizon League in team hitting percentage (.225).
Butler (8-12, 4-4) got 17 kills on .452 hitting in Sunday's win over Green Bay from senior Maureen Bamiro, who is leading the team in kills and hitting. Sophomore Maggie Harbison is the team's leader in blocking and service aces. Freshman Brooke Ruffolo, who made 21 stops vs. Green Bay, leads BU in digs.
Following this weekend's matches, the Bulldogs will play just once the following week. BU will host Milwaukee on Homecoming, which is Saturday, Oct. 22.
BACK ON TRACK: Butler entered last week's 3-match homestand with four straight losses. The Dawgs quickly reversed that trend by winning all three at home. BU beat Wright State 3-0 in 72 minutes last Tuesday. Butler followed that with a 3-1 win over Loyola on Saturday and a 3-0 win against Green Bay on Sunday.
BU ALL-TIME vs. THIS WEEK: Butler is 22-0 all-time vs. Youngstown State. BU is the only Horizon League team to have never lost to YSU. The Bulldogs, who have split the last eight meetings with Cleveland State, are 24-13 all-time vs. the Vikings. CSU defeated BU 3-0 earlier this season.
ALL-TOURNEY DAWGS: Four Bulldogs were named all-tournament during the three weekends of non-conference action. Maggie Harbison was tabbed all-tournament at Notre Dame after hitting .321 with 1.21 blocks per set and Maureen Bamiro was on the all-tourney team at Portland after averaging 1.14 blocks and 2.43 kills. Brooke Ruffolo and Kelly Kyle were each honored after standout performances in Butler's invite. Kyle averaged 3.90 kills per set during the event, while Ruffolo had 6.00 digs.
GETTING CLAIRE BACK: Claire Randich, a Horizon League all-newcomer pick last year, has been working her way past injury and back into the main rotation. Randich has missed 10 matches this year, but she played extensively vs. Green Bay and totaled eight kills, four digs and two blocks.
GINA PASSING 13 PER SET: Gina Vera handed out 40 assists in last Sunday's 3-0 win over Green Bay, the second time this season she's averaged better than 13 assists per set in a match. She had 45 assists in a 3-0 win over Austin Peay on Sept. 9.
BU HITS ON 21: Butler has won 21 matches in each of the last two seasons. That's the most in a 2-year span since 1996-97 (54 wins). BU went 21-14 in 2009 and 21-10 last year.
HOME SWEET HINKLE: The Bulldogs are 26-6 in their last 32 matches at Hinkle Fieldhouse, which dates back to 2009. BU was 9-0 at home in 2009 and 10-3 last season.
SINGLE-MATCH HIGHS: Gina Vera's 45 assists against Austin Peay is the highest total in the Horizon League in a three-set match. Brooke Ruffolo owns the league's single-match highs in digs for three sets (22) and four sets (33).
GET 'MO' BLOCKS: Maureen Bamiro, an All-Horizon League and All-Midwest Region last year, has moved into seventh on BU's all-time list with 419 total blocks. She needs 37 more stops to catch Chris DeWell for for sixth.
AND 'MO' OFFENSE: Maureen Bamiro has increased her offensive production lately. She averaged 3.90 kills per set during last week's three wins. She had 17 kills and hit .452 vs. Green Bay.
GINA'S MOVING UP: Gina Vera is now sixth on Butler's all-time list with 3,260 assists. Current assistant coach Dana Daprile is fifth on the charts with 3,320.
AVCA HONORS: Jessica Wolfe, who has joined the coaching staff as a student assistant, finished her time at BU by capturing all-region and All-American status from the AVCA for the second straight year. Wolfe became only the second Bulldog player to become honorable mention All-American twice (Areal Bienemy, 2003-04). Maureen Bamiro was also selected all-region by the coaches association.