Nov. 3, 2008
Indianapolis, Ind. - After putting together a historical defensive performance last weekend, Butler sophomore libero Katie Daprile was named the Horizon League's Defensive Player of the Week. The league office made the announcement on Monday (Nov. 3).
Daprile put together another dominant weekend in the back row, averaging 6.75 digs per set in eight sets at Cleveland State and Youngstown State. Friday (Oct. 31) against the Vikings, she led the team with 18 digs in a three-set match before totaling a career-best 36 digs against the Penguins the following afternoon (Nov. 1).
Her 36 digs were also tied for the fifth-best single-match total in Butler history.
"We are thrilled for Katie to be honored as Defensive Player of the Week," head coach Sharon Clark said. "She has continually posted great numbers defensively and certainly is worthy of the honor. She has already positioned herself amongst the top liberos in the Horizon League in just her sophomore season."
Daprile currently leads the team and ranks fourth in the league with 4.76 digs per set. Her 462 digs this season are just seven shy of tying the 10th-highest single-season total in school history.
Daprile is the third Bulldog to receive one of the league's weekly awards. Older sister Dana Daprile was named the conference offensive player of the week last Monday (Oct. 27) while sophomore Jalesa Lee earned defensive weekly honors on Sept. 15.
Butler takes an 18-7 overall record and an 8-5 mark in league play into a Friday (Nov. 7) contest at UIC when the Bulldogs will take on the Flames at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 p.m. Central).