Coral Gables, Fla. - The Bulldogs turned to a Wolfe in garnering a strong victory in their season opener against Jacksonville at the Orange and Green Challenge, as freshman outside hitter Jessica Wolfe knocked down a match-high 18 kills in helping Butler to a 30-23, 30-24, 29-31, 30-21 decision over the Dolphins on Friday (August 24). Senior Michelle DeGeeter and freshman Katie Daprile each added double-doubles in the win.
The Bulldogs never trailed in either of the first two games. Butler pushed ahead to 15-9 advantage in the opening contest before the Dolphins came back to within one at 16-15. They would get no closer, however, as the Bulldogs used a 10-1 run to go up 25-17 and come away with the opening point.
Jacksonville kept this closer early on in the second game, tying the bout at nine all before Butler keyed a 7-1 streak to go up 17-10 and maintain at least a three-point edge for the remainder of the game.
Butler again controlled play in the third game, holding an advantage for much of the duration and sitting on match point at 29-28 but was unable to secure the clinching tally.
The Dolphins attempted to rally back in the fourth, keeping things tight throughout the first half of the game, but Butler again streaked its way to a lead on the heels of a 9-3 run late to claim the match.
Wolfe finished the night with a .238 attack percentage, notching her 18 kills on 42 attempts. DeGeeter aided the cause with 13 kills and 11 digs, while Daprile chipped in 13 kills and 17 digs. Junior Nina Inic, coming off a stellar defensive season in 2006, hardly skipped a beat since the, collecting a team-best 30 digs.
"This was a great season-opening match for us," head coach Sharon Clark said. "It was a good opportunity for us to really test our new, young talent.
"I'm also proud of the way we took the court today, with a new chemistry and energy and an aggressive attitude."
The Bulldogs also notched a whopping 14 service aces in the match while totaling 61 kills to the Dolphins' 48.
Butler returns to action on Saturday (August 25) when they battle Hofstra beginning at 10:00 a.m. and host Miami starting at 7:30 p.m.