Atlanta, Ga. - The Butler defense that has led the way at the start of the 2008 campaign continued to shine on Saturday (Sept. 6) morning, as the Bulldogs held Loyola (Md.) to just .031 hitting (31-27-131) in claiming a 25-13, 20-25, 25-23, 25-9 victory at the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge.
Junior Porshia Allen notched a match-high 15 kills and came just a dig shy of her second double-double of the year as Butler improved to 5-1 on the season. Loyola falls to 1-5 on the year with the loss.
Butler came out swinging in the opening set, hitting an efficient .400 (11-1-25) while knocking down four of its season-high 13 blocks. After working out to an 8-7 edge early on, the Bulldogs rode a 7-1 surge out to a 15-8 advantage before closing the set on a 10-3 run en route to a convincing 25-13 decision.
Loyola came right back in the second period, battling to an 18-18 tie before finishing with a 7-2 run to even the match at 1-1 at the break.
Butler came out on fire to start the third set, cruising ahead to a 9-1 lead and holding a seven-point margin at 19-12, but the Greyhounds made things interesting late, rallying on the heels of a 9-2 trek to bring the bout back to even at 21-21. Loyola could get no closer, however, as the Bulldogs took advantage of a pair of service errors and hitting errors in holding on for the win.
The fourth set would be far less interesting, as Butler ran out to a 15-5 lead before cruising to a 25-9 drubbing for the deciding point.
Allen finished with 15 kills, nine digs and a match-high seven block assists. Sophomore Kelsey Labrum came within two digs of a double-double with 10 kills and eight digs, while sophomore Jessica Wolfe needed just one dig for a double-double of her own with nine kills and 16 digs.
Butler closes out the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge tonight (Sept. 6) at 7:00 p.m. when it takes on the host Owls.