October 3, 2008

Butler Slugs Way Past Penguins In Five Sets

Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler knocked down a season-high 73 kills, including 18 each from Porshia Allen, Kelsey Labrum and Jessica Wolfe, as the Bulldogs overcame a 2-1 deficit to come away with a 25-20, 24-26, 24-26, 25-16, 15-8 victory over visiting Youngstown State on Friday (Oct. 3) evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Allen and Wolfe both notched double-doubles, setter Dana Daprile came a dig and a kill shy of a triple-double with a season-best 57 assists and Katie Daprile totaled a career-high 31 digs as the Bulldogs improved to 13-3 on the year and 3-1 in Horizon League play. The Penguins, meanwhile dropped to 8-6 overall and 1-3 in conference.

"We played a tough match tonight as very talented YSU team pushed us in ever aspect of the game," head coach Sharon Clark said. "Their blocking was huge and they were extremely aggressive hitting tonight, but Katie Daprile led our defensive efforts and kept us in the match with some incredible defense."

Butler took an early lead in the match with a hard-fought opening set. After finding themselves trailing 11-10 midway through, the Bulldogs got five-straight kills, including two from Allen and one each from Melody Austin, Labrum and Wolfe, to take a 15-11 advantage.

Despite some charges from the Penguins late, Butler would never again trail in the set.

The Bulldogs had a chance to go up 2-0 in the match in the second set, as kills from Labrum and Wolfe put Butler on set point at 24-23. YSU would survive in the end, however, as a kill by Kaitlin O'Hara and a pair of attack errors allowed the Penguins to rally to tie the match at 1-1.

A slow start to the third set would doom the Bulldogs, as Youngstown State rolled ahead to a 14-9 lead early on and held a 23-18 advantage late. Butler would rebound, riding a 6-1 run capped by a kill from Labrum to bring the set even at 24-24, but attack errors once again proved costly as the Penguins escaped with a 26-24 decision and a 2-1 lead in the match.

The fourth set was all Butler, as the Bulldogs raced ahead to a 10-2 advantage and, despite a challenge midway through from the Penguins, held onto the lead throughout in claiming a 25-16 win and forcing a decisive fifth set.

The Bulldogs barely broke stride once the fifth set began, running out to a 6-0 lead and holding no less than a four-point lead the rest of the way in topping YSU, 15-8, to claim the match.

Butler clicked on all cylinders on both offense and defense, notching season-highs with 73 kills and 101 digs. The Bulldogs also finished with 10.5 blocks in the match, the ninth time they have finished in double-figures and the ninth-straight contest with at least nine.

Allen and Wolfe each tallied their sixth double-doubles of the season, with Allen tallying 18 kills and 22 digs and Wolfe finishing with 18 and 20. Labrum hit a team-best .314 in the match (18-7-35) and added seven digs.

Dana Daprile's 57 assists were a season-best, while her nine kills and nine digs left her just shy of notching the team's first triple-double of the year. Katie Daprile led the way with 31 digs, while Austin sent back a team-high six blocks.

Butler returns to action on Saturday (Oct. 4) when it hosts Cleveland State beginning at 4:00 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.