Blocking Bulldogs Prevail At WSU, 3-1
DAYTON, Ohio - Butler stifled Wright State with great blocking and senior Porshia Allen had 16 kills and 16 digs as the BU volleyball team defeated Wright State, 3-1, Friday evening. It was the first 4-set win of the season for the Bulldogs.
Butler had 12.5 total team blocks, the 2nd highest single-match total of the season. Sophomore Maureen Bamiro, who leads the Horizon League in conference matches in blocking, led the way with seven stuffs. Freshman Gina Vera had a strong all-around performance, handing out 47 assists with six blocks and adding 10 digs and three service aces.
Juniors Jessica Wolfe and Jalesa Lee also got in on the block party, combining for nine more stops. Wolfe added 13 kills while Lee had seven while hitting .353.
Another defensive standout was junior Katie Daprile, who led all players in the match with 25 digs.
The first set was close as Wright State and Butler traded points. The Bulldogs (17-10, 7-3 HL) led 18-17 before closing the set on a 7-1 run to win 25-18. Lee was the key in the clinching points, picking up a kill and a block assist to give BU set point. With Vera serving, the freshman would find junior Kelsey Labrum for a kill to clinch the first set.
Wright State (10-14, 2-8 HL) battled back in set No. 2, taking a 15-11 lead to force a Butler timeout. BU tried to slow WSU's momentum with another timeout at 20-15, but the Raiders finished the set 25-21.
The 3rd set was close, with WSU clinging to a 22-20 lead. Butler then won three consecutive points behind a pair of Wolfe kills and a kill by Lee. Tied at 23, BU won the next two points to clinch the set 25-23 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The two squads traded points throughout the 5th set, as 19-19 was the 11th tie score of the set. Two straight Bulldog kills would give BU a 22-21 advantage, and a key block by Bamiro and Vera set up match point for the Bulldogs. Wolfe's 13th kill of the night sealed the victory for Butler.
Wright State's Shaunda Standifer had 19 kills and hit .289. Jessica Woods added a double-double for WSU (11k-13d).
Butler, now 7-3 in league play and standing 3rd in the Horizon League, travels to league-leading Cleveland State Saturday, Oct. 24 for a key match. First serve is at 6 p.m. and live video can be found HERE when the match starts.