Indianapolis, Ind. - The Bulldogs registered arguably their most impressive single-game performance in the second contest against Valparaiso on Saturday (Sept. 29) afternoon, hitting a whopping .474 while tallying 10.5 blocks as a team, but the visiting Crusaders held off Butler in the final two games to take the match, 30-20, 16-30, 30-27, 30-27.
Butler falls the 8-8 overall and 2-3 in Horizon League play, while Valparaiso improves to 13-3 overall and 4-0 in league matches.
After a sluggish opening game that went the way of the Crusaders, the Bulldogs put up an authoritative performance to tie the match at 1-1. Despite recording only 10 kills in the match, Butler made the most of each attack to the tune of a .474 attack percentage (10-1-19). Meanwhile, the Bulldog defense sparkled, holding Valpo to a meager -.075 attack percentage while totaling one block solo and 19 block assists, including a team-high seven by senior middle blocker Michelle DeGeeter.
The Bulldogs continued to control tempo on defense in the third and fourth games, holding the Crusaders to just .135 and .178 hitting, respectively, but Butler would fall short on the offensive end as Valpo snuck by in a pair of 30-27 contests.
Butler out-hit Valpo in the match, .157 to .119, and finished with a commanding edge in blocking (16.5 to 9.5), but it would not be enough in the end.
DeGeeter finished the match with her first triple-double of the season, totaling 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks. Sophomore Porshia Allen paced the team with 11 kills, while freshman Jessica Wolfe finished just one dig shy of a double-double with 10 kills and nine digs.
Butler returns to action on Tuesday (Oct. 2) when they head to Chicago for an 8:00 p.m. ET match against Loyola.