RESULT: Butler def. Green Bay 25-15, 25-18, 25-17
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Porshia Allen had 14 kills and 10 digs and Butler held Green Bay to .088 hitting as the Bulldog volleyball team routed the visiting Phoenix, 3-0, Wednesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The win was head coach Sharon Clark's 150th at Butler.
The victory also allows the Dogs to keep pace with Cleveland State for first place in the Horizon League standings.
Allen had too much power for Green Bay, hitting .414 on the night. She also added three aces. Freshman setter Gina Vera passed out 32 assists and had eight digs. Junior Jessica Wolfe had nine kills and nine digs while hitting .348 on the night, and fellow junior Katie Daprile had a team-high 13 digs.
Butler (15-8, 5-1 HL) opened up a 9-3 lead in the first set and didn't look back. Later, a Wolfe kill gave BU a double-digit lead at 23-13. After a pair of Green Bay kills, junior Jalesa Lee finished the 25-15 set with a kill.
The Bulldogs maintained a slim lead in the early moments of the second set until going on a big run with Vera serving. Butler led 14-12 and then 16-13 before Vera stepped to the baseline, helping BU rip off seven straight points to go ahead 23-13. The Phoenix (5-12, 1-5 HL) rallied for five straight points to force a Butler timeout. Butler then regrouped with a kill by junior Kelsey Labrum and an ace off the hand of Wolfe to take the second set 25-18.
Butler won five straight points early in the third set - again with Vera serving - to take a 10-4 lead and essentially put the Bulldogs in command. BU, which has its last three matches 3-0, maintained the sizable lead and eventually took the final set 25-17. The clinching point came on an ace by sophomore Elyssa Garfinkle.
Butler hit .287 as a team and tied a season high with nine service aces.
Butler, tied with Cleveland State at 5-1 in the league standings, travels to Chicago this weekend to play UIC and Loyola. BU takes on the Flames Saturday, Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. ET and then faces Loyola at 3 p.m. ET Sunday afternoon.