September 8, 2007

Bulldogs Sweep Past Mountaineers, Sycamores For WVU Volleyball Classic Title

Morgantown, W.Va. - Butler put together a pair of back-to-back commanding performances, keyed by dominant showings from Michelle DeGeeter, Porshia Allen and Jessica Wolfe, as the Bulldogs notched their second and third consecutive sweeps in topping West Virginia and Indiana State to claim the West Virginia Volleyball Classic Title on Saturday (Sept. 8) afternoon.

The Bulldogs registered 53 kills against the Mountaineers while holding the host team to only 33 in claiming a 30-28, 30-23, 30-22 decision at the WVU Coliseum in the first match of the day. Butler then made quick work of the Sycamores, holding the in-state rival to a meager .057 attack percentage in cruising to a 30-24, 30-24, 30-16 thumping in the finale.

"We had an outstanding run in this tournament," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We really have been anticipating us turning it on like this since the season opened; it was just a matter of time.

"We were clicking on all cylinders all weekend. Our chemistry was great and our offensive execution was exceptional."

After claiming a 30-19, 32-30, 30-25 decision over East Tennessee State on Friday (Sept. 7), the Bulldogs went right back to work in the final day of the tournament against the host Mountaineers. Butler consistently hit above .200 in all three games, including a match-high .283 in the opener, while holding WVU to a miniscule .093 and .031 in the final two games, respectively.

Allen paced the team with 16 kills on a .324 attack percentage (16-4-37) while Wolfe hit .333 (12-3-27) and added 10 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. DeGeeter also tallied 12 kills in the match, while Katie Daprile added seven kills without an error for a team-high .412 attack percentage (7-0-17).

The trend continued for the Bulldogs in the night-cap, as Butler once again came out swinging while keeping Indiana State's offensive attack in check throughout the entire match.

The Sycamores combined for just 31 kills in the match, a season low for a Bulldog opponent, while hitting just .044 and .026 in the first and third games. In fact, no one ISU player registered more than six kills in the match.

The Bulldogs, meanwhile, received plenty of offense from the usual suspects, as DeGeeter finished with a match-high 15 kills and added 11 digs for her third double-double of the year. Allen also finished with double figure kills (12), while Daprile added eight and Wolfe chipped in seven.

"Michelle [DeGeeter] was without question the dominant middle in the whole tournament this weekend," Clark continued. "She was playing with confidence the whole time and she really stepped up and carried us."

DeGeeter took home Tournament MVP honors after averaging 4.7 kills and 2.5 digs per game in the three matches and hitting .297. Allen and Wolfe also earned spots on the All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.7 kills per game each.

"It's good to see that all of our goals that we had set in the preseason have come to fruition just in time for the start of the conference season," Clark added. "We are playing the way we are capable of and the way that we need to be playing because the league schedule is always going to provide a challenge."

Butler will kick off the Horizon League slate at home next weekend when they welcome Youngstown State to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Friday (Sept. 14) at 7:00 p.m.