2009 Butler Volleyball
Friday, Sept. 25
Cleveland State (11-4, 1-0 HL) at Butler (10-7, 1-0 HL) - 7 p.m. - Hinkle Fieldhouse
Saturday, Sept. 26
Wright State (8-5, 0-1 HL) at Butler (10-7, 1-0 HL) - 4 p.m. - Hinkle Fieldhouse
After starting the season with 17 matches away from home, the Butler volleyball team (10-7) hosts Cleveland State and Wright State in the first Horizon League weekend of the year. CSU comes to Hinkle Fieldhouse Friday, Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Wright State visits BU Saturday, Sept. 26 at 4 p.m. Both matches will be streamed live on ButlerSports.com and HorizonLeagueNetwork.tv.
Butler split four matches last week, picking up 3-0 wins over Youngstown State and Robert Morris. The Bulldogs went 1-2 at Kent State's tournament last weekend. Senior Porshia Allen was named to the all-tournament team.
Cleveland State (11-4) comes to Hinkle sporting the Horizon League's best record. Three of CSU's four losses have come against Big Ten opponents. Wright State has lost four of its last five after a 7-1 start, including a 3-1 setback at Cleveland State back on Sept. 15.
Butler, led by Allen, junior outside hitter Jessica Wolfe and freshman setter Gina Vera, leads the Horizon League in hitting percentage (.254), kills (13.95) and assists (12.86).
WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe is leading the Horizon League in overall kills (253) and kills per set (4.36). If she can maintain her 4.36 kills rate, it would be thre third best season of hitting in school history. Additionally, her .250 hitting percentage is 10th in the Horizon League. Wolfe was named all-tournament in three of Butler's four tourneys, and was named Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week on September 7.
...AND SHE'S UP THERE NATIONALLY, TOO: According to the NCAA's most recent statistics, Wolfe is 15th in the nation in kills per set and 18th in the nation with 4.97 points per set.
DAPRILE DIGS 1,000: Junior Katie Daprile recently surpassed the 1,000 digs mark, and she now has 1,114 career digs. The Bargersville, Ind., native is on pace to be one of BU's all-time defensive greats. For her career, Daprile is averaging 3.90 digs per set, which would be second in school history.
DIGGING THE RECORD BOOK: Katie Daprile, Butler's current leader in digs, put together the finest defensive season in Butler volleyball history in 2008. Her 541 digs during the year shattered the school's single-season record of 522, set by Laura Baire in 1993, while her 4.62 digs per game ranks as the second-best single-season rate all-time behind only Megan Knightly's 5.29 per set in 2005.
VERA SETTING IT UP: The setter on the other end of Wolfe's success is freshman Gina Vera. The Joliet, Ill., native leads the Horizon League and ranks 30th in the country with 10.74 assists per set. Vera, who was named all-tournament at IPFW and Kent State, had 49 kills and 12 digs Saturday at Kent State.
ALLEN CLIMBING ATTACKS, KILLS CHARTS: Senior Porshia Allen continues to amass impressive career totals. Allen has 3,517 career attacks, good for 9th on Butler's all-time attacks list. She is also 10th in school history with 1,243 kills. At her current rate, Allen will finish 5th in Butler history with 3.30 kills per set.
‘08 ALL-LEAGUE RECOGNITION: Butler returns three All-Horizon League players this season. Junior Kelsey Labrum was named the league's Newcomer of the Year in 2008 after transferring from Memphis and finishing third on the team with 3.01 points per set. Senior Porshia Allen and junior Jessica Wolfe were both named to the all-league team after ranking 1-2 on the team in points per set (3.83 and 3.70, respectively).
BUTLER AMONG HL'S BEST: The Bulldogs are leading the Horizon League in kills (602, 14.00 per set) and assists (552, 12.84 per set). The Dogs are also second as a team in hitting percentage at .247, just slightly behind Cleveland State. Defensively, Butler ranks second in the league with 16.19 digs per set, just slightly behind Wright State.
UP NEXT: Butler travels to Valparaiso Friday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. On Homecoming (Oct. 3), Butler will host Alabama A&M at 7:30 p.m.