The Opening Serve: Fresh off a tournament championship at the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge and riding a five-match winning streak, the Butler volleyball team returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday (Sept. 9) when it hosts Indiana State beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Bulldogs then hit the road over the weekend when it takes part in the Buffalo Ramada Invitational, where they will face Maryland-Eastern Shore and Maine on Friday (Sept. 12) before battling the host Bulls on Saturday (Sept. 13).
Butler Volleyball On HLN: All of Butler's home volleyball matches can be viewed live online for free through the Horizon League Network, with Cory Stark providing play-by-play for the Bulldogs this season. The games can be viewed by clicking on the "Watch on HLN" link next to the match on the volleyball schedule at www.ButlerSports.com.
A Good Start: The Bulldogs are off to one of the best starts in program history. Butler's 6-1 record is the best since the 1997 team opened up at 11-0 and the fifth-best mark through seven matches in school history.
We're Going Streaking!: Butler is currently riding a fxive-match winning streak, which is the program's longest such trek since the 2004 season when the Bulldogs won five-straight from Oct. 1 to Oct. 15.
Owls Champions: The Bulldogs scored 3-1 victories over Austin Peay and Loyola (Md.) before notching a 3-0 sweep of host Kennesaw State en route to claiming the 2008 Owls Challenge title in Atlanta, Ga., over the weekend. It is the program's second regular season tournament championship in as many years. Butler swept past East Tennessee, host West Virginia and Indiana State to claim the West Virginia Volleyball Classic championship last fall.
Last Week's Results:
Butler 3, Marian 0 - Wednesday, Sept. 3 - Indianapolis, Ind.
Butler notched a season-high 13.5 blocks while holding visiting Marian to just .049 hitting (26-21-103) en route to a 27-25, 25-15, 25-16 sweep of the Knights on Sept. 3 at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs finished with 25 block assists as a team, including seven from Maureen Bamiro. Butler dominated the Knights on the defensive end in the final two sets, holding Marian to .000 (15-15-66) while notching 9.5 of its total blocks. Kelsey Labrum led the way on offense for the second time this season, totaling 12 kills. Jessica Wolfe also finished in double-figures with 11 kills, while Bamiro boasted a staggering .857 hitting percentage (6-0-7).
Butler 3, Austin Peay 1 - Friday, Sept. 5 - Atlanta,
Porshia Allen and Jessica Wolfe each notched a double-double and the Bulldogs held Austin Peay to just .181 hitting in the match, as Butler scored a 25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 26-24 victory in its first match at the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge on Sept. 5. Wolfe finished with a match-high 16 kills and added 12 digs, while Allen posted 13 kills and 11 digs.
Butler 3, Loyola (Md.) 1 - Saturday, Sept. 6 - Atlanta,
The Butler defense that led the way at the start of the 2008 campaign continued to shine on Sept. 6 morning, as the Bulldogs held Loyola (Md.) to just .031 hitting (31-27-131) in claiming a 25-13, 20-25, 25-23, 25-9 victory at the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge. Porshia Allen notched a match-high 15 kills and came just a dig shy of her second double-double of the year. Kelsey Labrum came within two digs of a double-double with 10 kills and eight digs, while Jessica Wolfe needed just one dig for a double-double of her own with nine kills and 16 digs.
Butler 3, Kennesaw State 0 - Saturday, Sept. 6 - Atlanta,
After riding a staunch defense to a pair of wins to open the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge, the Butler volleyball team turned to a dominating offensive performance in the final bout, as the Bulldogs hit a season-high .379 (46-10-95) en route to a 25-11, 25-13, 25-22 sweep of the host Owls on Sept. 6 evening. Porshia Allen finished with a double-figure total in kills for the third time in the tournament, totaling a match-high 14 kills with eight digs, while sophomore Kelsey Labrum added 12 kills and seven digs.
Allen, Daprile And Wolfe Earn Tournament Honors: Following the final match of the Owls Challenge, Porshia Allen was named the tournament's MVP, while Dana Daprile and Jessica Wolfe were tabbed alongside on the All-Tournament Team. Allen totaled 42 kills in the three matches (3.82 per set), Daprile dished 8.55 assists per set and Wolfe added 2.82 kills and 3.18 digs.
Butler In The League Rankings: Through the first two weeks of the season, the Bulldogs find themselves ranked second in the Horizon League in five statistical categories, including hitting percentage (.257), opponent hitting percentage (.138), kills per set (13.38), assists per set (12.00) and blocks per set (2.35). Not surprisingly, the Bulldogs are second in the league standings in winning percentage (.857).
Attacking Setter: Senior setter Dana Daprile finds herself in a familiar place in the Horizon League assist standings, ranking in the top half with 8.08 assists per set. She is also ranked in a much less likely location: second in hitting percentage. The Bargersville, Ind., native boasts a team-high .395 hitting percentage, with 43 kills and just nine hitting errors in 86 attempts.
Block Party: It might have taken a few matches for freshman middle blocker Maureen Bamiro to get her bearings, but it was worth the wait. After going without a block in her first two matches, the Kalamazoo, Mich., native erupted for 17 in the last four, including a seven-block performance against Marian on Sept. 3 that is tied for the team's single-match high this season. She currently ranks second in the Horizon League with 1.12 blocks per set.
Next Up: Butler returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse
for a pair of matches next week, wrapping up the non-conference
portion of the schedule against cross-town foe IUPUI on Sept. 16
before kicking off the Horizon League campaign on Sept. 19 against