Indianapolis, Ind. - Three Butler volleyball players have been honored with post-season awards from the Horizon League, as sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Labrum was named the league's Newcomer of the Year while junior outside hitter Porshia Allen and sophomore outside hitter Jessica Wolfe were named to the all-league team. The league office made the announcement on Wednesday (Nov. 19).
The trio has been the driving force behind the Bulldogs' success this year, leading the team in kills and points while guiding the squad to 18 wins during the regular season.
Labrum, who transferred to Butler from the University of Memphis prior to the start of the 2008 campaign, was named the league's top newcomer after finishing the regular season with 2.56 kills per contest, the third-best rate on the team. A native of Granger, Ind., she has been one of the top servers in the conference, ranking third in the league with 0.30 service aces per set, and has posted a pair of double-doubles during the season.
Labrum is just the second Butler player ever to be named Newcomer of the Year and the first since Amy Pickett in 1995.
Allen, a native of Chicago, Ill., picks up her third league postseason award after being named to the all-newcomer team as a freshman in 2006 and the all-league squad last year. The team's leader in kills and points, she finished the regular slate ranked among the top-10 in the league in points per set (3.83 - 4th), kills per set (3.23 - 4th) and blocks per set (0.85 - 10th). Her 13 double-doubles during the year also lead the Bulldogs.
Wolfe picks up the first all-league honor of her career after completing the regular season in a close second on the team to Allen in points per set (3.68) and kills per set (3.20). A native of Plainfield, Ind., both of her point and kill averages also placed her fifth among all Horizon League players, while her 11 double-doubles are the second-most on the squad.
The last time Butler featured two players on the all-league team and another on the all-newcomer squad was in 2004, when Areal Bienemy and Kali Carter were tabbed to the all-league squad and Michelle DeGeeter was named as one of the top newcomers.
Butler opens up the Horizon League Championship in the quarterfinals on Friday (Nov. 21) when it takes on Loyola beginning at 2:00 p.m. in Cleveland.