September 13, 2008

Butler Tops Bulls To Seize Buffalo Ramada Invitational Title

Buffalo, N.Y. - Jessica Wolfe, Kelsey Labrum and Porshia Allen each tallied double-figure kill totals and the Bulldogs combined for nine blocks in the match as Butler scored a 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19 victory over the host Bulls to claim the Buffalo Ramada Invitational title on Saturday (Sept. 13) afternoon.

The win sends the Bulldogs to 10-1 on the year and gives them their ninth-straight victory. Buffalo, meanwhile, drops to 3-6.

Butler got out to a slow start in the match, as Buffalo hit .357 in the set while holding the Bulldogs to just .176. The Butler defense responded after that, holding the Bulls to a combinded .146 hitting percentage in the final three sets.

A 6-0 run by Buffalo early in the first set turned an 8-8 deadlock into a 14-8 Bulls advantage before the Bulldogs rallied back to tie it up again at 20-20. Buffalo would hold on late, however, getting back-to-back kills to seal the set.

The two squads battled through nip-and-tuck play early in the second set and found themselves tied at 14-14 midway through. Three-straight kills by Wolfe, Labrum and Dana Daprile put Butler in front for good and brought the match back to even at 1-1.

The third set was all Butler, as the Bulldogs ran ahead to a 15-6 advantage and led by no fewer than six points the rest of the way while holding Buffalo to just .086 hitting en route to a 25-17 triumph and a 2-1 lead in the match.

Buffalo tried to regroup in the fourth set, keeping within two points up until 11-9, but a 7-3 run by the Bulldogs built up enough cushion to carry Butler to the win.

Wolfe finished with a match-high 15 kills, while Labrum added 14. Allen notched her third double-double of the season with 12 kills and 14 digs.

Daprile led the way with 39 assists, while Jalesa Lee added a team-high six block assists.

Allen was named the invitational's MVP after taking the same honors at the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge on Sept. 6. Wolfe and Daprile also earned a spot the all-tournament team.

"We started a little slow in game one, but we really picked it up from there," head coach Sharon Clark said. "Porshia's offensive and defensive execution was phenomenal throughout this tournament. She really guided us. Dana and Jessie also had two solid performances.

"Jalesa and Maureen [Bamiro] had three very solid matches in the middle in this tournament. They both have become very formidable blockers."

Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday (Sept. 16) when it takes on cross-town rival IUPUI beginning at 6:00 p.m.