November 18, 2009

Trio Of Bulldogs Named All-Horizon League

2009 Volleyball All-Horizon League Players

INDIANAPOLIS - A trio of Butler volleyball players have been named All-Horizon League, according to a vote by the league's nine head coaches. Junior Jessica Wolfe and senior Porshia Allen were named to the 14-member all-league team, while freshman Gina Vera was voted to the all-newcomer team.

Wolfe, who was also All-Horizon League last season, was the most prolific hitter in the Horizon League this season. She currently leads the league with 3.98 kills 4.58 points per set while ranking 3rd in aces (0.31). She owns 13 double-doubles this season and has had at least 13 kills in 20 matches.

"Jessie has proved that she belongs at the top of the Horizon League from start to finish," head coach Sharon Clark said. "She has done a tremendous amount for our team. For her to lead the league in points and kills shows how versatile she is."

Allen, a mainstay among the Horizon League's top players, receives all-league honors for the 4th consecutive year. She is a 3-time All-Horizon League honoree and was on the all-newcomer squad in 2006. Allen currently stands 7th in the Horizon League in kills (3.31) and 6th in points (3.80). In BU's 16-match Horizon League season, Allen has been the team leader in kills (3.72) and points (4.29).

"For Porshia to be all-league every year shows her stamina and ability as a dynamic hitter," Clark said. "She was always noticed and respected by her opponents, and that's why all of the coaches think highly of her."

Vera came to Butler this fall and made an immediate impact as the team's starting setter. The freshman finished the regular season ranked 2nd in the Horizon League with 10.70 assists per set. Vera also made an impact on defense, ranking near the top of the league in blocking among Horizon League setters.

"I'm thrilled for Gina to be named to the all-newcomer team," Clark said. "She did a tremendous job running our team. I think eventually she will be one of the best setters ever in the Horizon League."

Thanks to the efforts of Wolfe, Allen and Vera, Butler stands among the national leaders in digs (48th, 16.41) and kills (49th, 13.68). The Bulldogs were also in the national rankings in assists for the majority of the season.

The Bulldogs (21-13, 10-6 HL) finished the regular season tied for 3rd place in the league standings. Butler owns 21 victories, its highest total since 1997. The team also went 9-0 at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season.

Butler, the No. 4 seed in the upcoming Horizon League Volleyball Championship, will take on No. 5 UIC Friday, Nov. 20 at 7:30 p.m. The tournament is hosted by No. 1 seed Cleveland State.