Indianapolis, Ind. - Four Butler players registered double-figure kills, including a triple-double by senior Michelle DeGeeter, as the Bulldogs rallied from down two games to one and five Phoenix match points to pull out an arduous 30-28, 31-33, 25-30, 30-24, 23-21 match over Green Bay on Friday (Nov. 9) evening.
After extending play with a win in the fourth game, the Bulldogs found themselves in hole late in the deciding game five, trailing by three and sitting on a Green Bay match point at 14-11. A pair of clutch kills by freshman Katie Daprile and an error by the Phoenix gave the Bulldogs new life at 14-14 before Green Bay got a kill from Holly Visser to go back ahead by one.
Daprile would respond once again on the ensuing play, notching her 17th kill of the evening to draw even once again at 15-15.
The Phoeniz reclaimed the advantage once more on the next play, but back-to-back kills from Dana Daprile and DeGeeter put the Bulldogs in front for the first time since 2-1 in the game.
The two sides would again find themselves in a stalemate, trading points until the Bulldogs' fifth match point at 22-21, when Katie Daprile once again came through with the deciding kill.
Butler went ahead in the match after gutting-out a 30-28 win in the opening game. The Bulldogs trailed late at 26-25, but two kills by Jessica Wolfe, as well as a service ace by the freshman outside hitter, helped pave the way for the two-point margin.
Butler worked its way to another game point in the second contest, going up 29-28 on a kill by Katie Daprile, but the Phoenix earned back-to-back points to swing the game in their favor before getting the deciding kill from Betty Slinger to bring the match even at 1-1.
The Bulldogs went ahead early in the third contest, holding as much as a four-point edge at 10-6, but the Phoenix used a 10-3 run to take the lead in the game for good and earn a 2-1 match advantage.
Butler responded in the fourth, going ahead early and never trailing in taking the most convincing game of the match at 30-24 and setting up the grueling deciding contest.
DeGeeter notched her second triple-double of the season, posting 14 kills, a career-best-tying 23 digs and 11 total blocks. Katie Daprile finished with a team-high 19 kills and earned her eighth double-double of the season with a career-best 27 digs and finished just one block shy of her first triple-double with a career-high nine total blocks.
Dana Daprile dished a career-best 60 assists and ended up just two kills short of her first triple-double of the year with eight kills and a career-best 23 digs. Wolfe tallied her ninth double-double of the season, notching 10 kills and 13 digs, while Porshia Allen finished with 16 kills and eight digs. Nina Inic led the team with 29 digs.
The Bulldogs set a new school record with 35 block assists in the match, topping the previous mark of 34 set last season against Loyola. The team's 19.5 total blocks also ranks as the fifth-highest total all-time while the 134 digs is tied for third.
Butler returns to action on Saturday (Nov. 10) when it hosts Milwaukee in the final home contest of the year beginning at 2:00 p.m. The match will serve as Senior Day, with DeGeeter being recognized prior to competition.