October 11, 2008

Loyola Slips Past Bulldogs, 3-1

Indianapolis, Ind. - Jessica Wolfe finished a dig shy of her eighth double-double of the season and Melody Austin recorded career-highs in kills and blocks, but a steady Loyola defense proved to be too much for the Bulldogs in the end, as Butler fell at home to the Ramblers, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 25-21, at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Oct. 11) afternoon.

The defeat sends the Bulldogs to 14-5 on the season and 4-3 in Horizon League play, while Loyola improves to 14-5 and 4-3 in conference.

Butler staked itself to a 1-0 advantage in the match after riding its own powerful defense to a 25-19 decision in the opening set. The Bulldogs held Loyola to just .125 hitting in the period while knocking down four blocks in the set alone, including a pair of block assists from both Wolfe and Austin.

The Ramblers kept the match close in the early going, as the Bulldogs led by two at 10-8, but an 8-3 run by the Bulldogs helped push the advantage out to seven at 18-11, capped by a service ace from Dana Daprile. Loyola rebounded to bring the bout back to within four at 20-16, but a pair of kills from Maureen Bamiro helped the Bulldogs to seal the first point of the match with a 5-3 run to close the set.

Loyola brought the match back to even in the second set, using an 11-4 run to break a 14-14 deadlock and send the teams into the break tied at 1-1.

Butler worked itself out to an early advantage in the third set and held an 11-8 lead before the Ramblers reeled off eight-straight points to take a 15-11 lead. The Bulldogs would rally back to tie the set at 22-22, but a service error and a pair of attack errors would give Loyola the deciding points to take a 2-1 lead in the bout.

The Bulldogs would come out swinging at the start of the fourth period, as three kills by Kelsey Labrum and a pair from Wolfe helped Butler out to an 11-7 lead. Loyola would counter with an offensive surge of its own, however, and ride a 10-3 trek to a 17-13 advantage. Butler would once again rally late, cutting the deficit to just two at 23-21, but back-to-back kills by the Ramblers would seal the match in favor of Loyola.

Wolfe finished with a team-high 13 kills on .321 hitting (13-4-28) and added nine digs and six blocks, which tied her career-best mark. Austin recorded a career-high eight kills while hitting a team-best .389 (8-1-18) and chipped in a career-best nine total blocks.

Dana Daprile tallied her third double-double of the year with 33 assists and 11 digs, while Katie Daprile led the way on the defensive end with 18 digs.

The Bulldogs finished with 12.5 blocks in the bout, the 10th match in which they have registered double-digit blocks.

Butler returns to action on Sunday (Oct. 12) when it hosts UIC beginning at 2:00 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The contest will also serve as the Bulldogs' Breast Cancer Awareness Day, with pink Butler Volleyball t-shirts for sale during the match.