Loyola Edges Butler, 3-2
RESULT: Loyola def. Butler 25-21, 16-25, 25-20, 11-25, 15-9
CHICAGO - Junior Jessica Wolfe had 20 kills and 10 digs and senior Porshia Allen added 18 kills and 20 digs but the Butler volleyball team dropped a 3-2 decision at Loyola Sunday afternoon. BU won the second and fourth sets, but Loyola rallied in the decisive fifth set.
Wolfe's 20 kills was her second-highest total of the season. She had 29 kills at IUPUI on Sept. 9.She also hit .319 on the day. Junior Katie Daprile ended up with 18 digs, and freshman Gina Vera had 50 assists and nine digs.
"We fought hard by could not rally back," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We just could not get a kill toward the end when we needed it."
Loyola (10-11, 3-5 HL) started fast, forcing Butler to call at 12-7 and again at 19-9. The Ramblers led 23-13 when Butler won three points to pull within seven. Loyola had set point at 24-16 before the Bulldogs battled back for five straight points to make it 24-21. Loyola got the next points on a BU attack error to win the first set 25-21.
Butler (15-10, 5-3 HL) asserted itself in the second set. BU took a 14-10 lead to force a Loyola timeout, and then continued to extend the lead. Leading 14-12, the Dogs went on a 9-3 run to take a 23-15 advantage. Kills by Allen and Wolfe finished the set for the Bulldogs 25-16.
The third set was close, with Loyola clinging to a 15-14 lead. The Ramblers then ran off four straight points to lead 19-14. The Bulldogs battled back to close within 20-18, but Loyola would take the set 25-20.
The Bulldogs dominated the fourth set. A kill by Allen made it 12-2 and the Dogs cruised the rest of the way, winning 25-11 and forcing a fifth set.
With Katie Johnson serving, Loyola jumped out to a 7-1 lead. Butler could not catch up. The Bulldogs got within 11-9 on a kill by Allen, but Loyola won the last four points to clinch the victory.
Loyola was led by Colleen Francis (17 kills, 14 digs) and Johnson (12 kills, 13 digs). Lauren Ditscheit had 48 assists.
Butler has one match this week as it hosts Youngstown State Saturday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs have already swept YSU earlier this season. The match will be streamed live on ButlerSports.com.