Atlanta, Ga. - Junior Porshia Allen and sophomore Jessica Wolfe each notched a double-double and the Bulldogs held Austin Peay to just .181 hitting in the match, as Butler scored a 25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 26-24 victory in its first match at the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge on Friday (Sept. 5) evening.
Wolfe finished with a match-high 16 kills and added 12 digs, while Allen posted 13 kills and 11 digs in helping the Bulldogs to a 3-1 start to the season. Austin Peay, meanwhile, drops to 4-2 on the season.
Butler jumped ahead to a swift 2-0 advantage in the match, as the Bulldogs hit .333 (28-6-66) while holding the Governors to just .125 (20-12-64) through the first two sets.
The opening set remained close in the early going, as Butler held no larger than a two-point margin through the first 20 points. After APSU tied the game at 10-10, the Bulldogs rode an 11-3 surge to a 21-13 lead before finishing out the set with an eight-point margin.
Butler followed the same script in the second set, as the two teams traded points through six lead changes before the Bulldogs steadily pulled away late to secure a 2-0 edge in the match.
Austin Peay turned the tables after the break, as the Governors used a 6-1 run midway through the third to pull ahead and hit .310 in the frame to bring themselves back into the match with a 25-21 decision.
The APSU rally attempt looked like it would end there, as the Bulldogs ran out to a 14-8 lead in the fourth period and held a 23-19 advantage late, but five-straight points by the Governors put Butler just a point away from falling into a do-or-die fifth set.
The Bulldogs made sure the match would go no further, however, as Wolfe knocked down back-to-back kills to swing Butler back on top at 25-24 before Allen sealed the bout with an unassisted mark.
Sophomore Katie Daprile paced Butler with 14 digs, while senior Dana Daprile added a match-high 35 assists. Freshman Maureen Bamiro swung for a team-high .571 hitting percentage (4-0-7) while adding a squad-best four block assists.
"We're really excited to get a win against a strong team in our region," head coach Sharon Clark said following the match. "Jessie and Porshia stepped up big for us on offense, and Katie did an exceptional job leading our defense and giving us some solid passing. This was a really good balanced performance for us."
The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday (Sept. 6) when it takes on Loyola (Md.) at 10:00 a.m. before facing host Kennesaw State in the tournament finale at 7:00 p.m.