Oct. 27, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - After providing the driving force behind the Bulldogs' offense in two big wins last weekend, senior setter Dana Daprile was named the Horizon League's Offensive Player of the Week. The league office made the announcement on Monday (Oct. 27).
"We are thrilled that Dana has been named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week," head coach Sharon Clark said. "She is the quintessential court leader and team captain and has done an exemplary job leading the team this in season. This honor just accentuates her hard work and will to win."
Daprile was the most productive offensive player for the Bulldogs in their two Horizon League victories, totaling 101 assists while adding 18 kills at a .375 hitting percentage.
In a five-set victory over Green Bay on Oct. 24, she dished a match-high 52 assists, added 12 kills at a .545 clip (12-0-22) and chipped in 19 digs to post the team's first triple-double of the season.
The following afternoon (Oct. 25) against league-leading Milwaukee, she led all players with 49 assists and added 14 digs for her fourth double-double of the season. Her 49 assists were a team-high for a four-set match this season.
Meanwhile, with her second assist of the contest against the Panthers, Daprile became just the fifth player in Butler history to record 3,000 assists in her career.
"Dana did a great job executing the offense against Green Bay and Milwaukee," Clark added. "We are all proud that the Horizon league has recognized her efforts."
Daprile is the second Butler player to be honored with one of the league's weekly awards. Sophomore Jalesa Lee picked up the Defensive Player of the Week award on Sept. 15.
The Bulldogs improved to 17-6 on the year with their two victories last weekend, giving the team its best record through 23 matches since the 1997 squad posted a 19-4 mark.
Butler returns to action on Friday (Oct. 31) when it opens a four-match road swing at Cleveland State beginning at 7:00 p.m.