October 8, 2008

Wright State Deals Bulldogs 3-1 Defeat

Indianapolis, Ind. - Porshia Allen and Jessica Wolfe notched their seventh double-doubles of the season, but Butler would fall short of host Wright State in the end, as the Raiders handed the Bulldogs a 25-15, 17-25, 25-19, 25-16 set-back on Wednesday (Oct. 8) evening at McLin Gymnasium.

The loss gives the Bulldogs just their fourth loss on the season at 14-4 while dropping them to 4-2 in Horizon League play. WSU, meanwhile, improves to 7-12 overall and 5-3 in conference.

The two squads battled closely on offense, as Butler finished just two kills shy of the Raiders' total (52 to 54), but 25 attack errors combined with six blocking miscues proved to be too much for the Bulldogs to overcome.

Butler kept things close early on in the opening set, staying within a point at 9-8, but a 10-3 run by the Raiders - keyed by several costly errors - pushed the home team out to an eight-point edge and put them on pace for an early 1-0 lead in the match.

The offense would spark the Bulldogs in the second set, however, as Allen and Dana Daprile totaled five kills each while the Butler a whopping .467 in the game (16-2-30) en route to a convincing 25-17 win. A 6-1 run early turned a 4-4 deadlock into a five-point Butler lead at 10-5 and the Bulldogs would hold no less than a four-point margin the rest of the way.

The trademark Butler blocking would come to the rescue in the third set, as the Bulldogs registered five of their seven total blocks in the set alone while keeping the bout tight throughout. Butler appeared to be in position to go up 2-1 in the match, trailing by just one at 19-18 after a big block by Wolfe and Allen, but the Raiders would rally for a 6-1 run to reclaim the lead in the match.

After keeping things close in the early going of the fourth set, a 9-0 surge by the Raiders turned a 12-12 deadlock into a 21-12 deficit, a shortcoming the Bulldogs would be unable to overcome.

Allen led the way on offense with 13 kills and added 12 digs for her seventh double-double of the season, while Wolfe chipped in 12 kills and digs for her seventh double-double. Daprile finished just a kill shy of her second double-double, notching nine kills at a team-best .467 hitting percentage (9-2-15) while dishing 36 assists.

Butler returns to action on Saturday (Oct. 11) when it returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse to host Loyola beginning at 2:00 p.m.