Indianapolis, Ind. - Sophomore outside hitter Porshia Allen made the Bulldogs' 2007 home opener a memorable one, breaking her week-old career high for kills with a match-best 28 in helping Butler back from an opening game defeat to top Tennessee Tech, 27-30, 30-25, 32-30, 30-21, in the third match of the Butler Invitational at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday (August 31) night.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve to 2-3 on the year.
Allen, coming off a then-career-best 26-kill performance in the Bulldogs' August 25 match against Hofstra, improved on her astounding collegiate mark thanks in part to a match-high .345 attack percentage (28-8-58). She finished just one dig shy of her second double-double of the year.
The Bulldogs hung tough after falling behind early in the first game, as Tennessee Tech went up by as much as nine at 16-7 before rallying back to close the gap to within one at 26-25. Butler could get no closer, however, as the Golden Eagles held on for the opening win.
The two teams battled to a 15-15 tie midway through the second game before the Bulldogs used an 8-2 run to go up by five at 23-17. Tennessee Tech cut the margin to as few as three but Butler used four kills by Allen down the stretch to hold on for the win.
The Golden Eagles looked as if they would go back ahead in the match in the third game, running out to as much as a five-point lead at 16-11 and eyeing game-point with a 28-26 edge. A pair of kills by Allen, however, brought things back to even before Michelle DeGeeter sealed the comeback with a kill of her own.
Butler found itself on the short-end midway through the fourth, trailing 17-16, but a 6-1 run by the Bulldogs put the home team ahead for good.
Freshman Jessica Wolfe notched her third double-double of the year with 14 kills and 19 digs, while DeGeeter finished in double-figures with 12 kills of her own. Sophomores Dana Daprile (37) and Brittany Awai (20) combined for 57 assists on the night, while junior Nina Inic tallied a match high 21 digs.
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday (Sept. 1) when they host Utah Valley at 12:00 noon and Northern Illinois at 6:00 p.m. on the final day of the Butler Invitational.