Bulldog Volleyball Hosts Youngstown State Saturday

2009 Butler Volleyball

Matches #26

Saturday, Oct. 17

Youngstown State (6-12, 4-4 HL) at Butler (15-10, 5-3 HL) - 4 p.m. - Hinkle Fieldhouse

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After going 2-2 last week, the Butler volleyball team has just one match this week, hosting Youngstown State Saturday, Oct. 17 at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs are currently tied with UIC for third in the Horizon League standings. Fans with a Butler football ticket stub get into volleyball for free.

Butler (15-10, 5-3 HL) had first place within its grasp last week, improving to 5-1 in conference play with sweeps over Milwaukee and Green Bay at home. The Bulldogs hit a bump in the road last weekend in Chicago, dropping matches to UIC and Loyola. Visiting Youngstown State has won four of its last six and trails BU by just one game in the standings.

BU has already defeated Youngstown State once this season, a 3-0 victory in Youngstown on September 17. That match was the league opener for both schools.

Junior Jessica Wolfe continues to lead the Horizon League in kills (4.10) and points (4.75) per set. In league play, senior Porshia Allen is the league's leader in kills (4.11) and is second in points (4.83).

Saturday also marks Butler volleyball's Beyond The Net program for aspiring Butler volleyball players. Contact Dawn Jones at 317-940-8512 for more information.

WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe is leading the Horizon League in kills (353), kills per set (4.10) and points per set (4.75). If she can maintain her 4.10 kills rate, it would be the 5th best season of hitting in school history. 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 38th in the nation in kills per set and 27th in the nation with 4.75 points per set.

COACHING MILESTONES FOR CLARK: Butler's 3-0 win over Alabama A&M on Homecoming was career victory No. 250 for Sharon Clark. The Bulldogs' head coach, in her 10th season at Butler, also reached 150 wins for her career at BU last week against Green Bay. The school record for wins at Butler is 169 by Sharon Dingman (1992-99).

DAPRILE KEEPS DIGGING: Junior Katie Daprile ranks 6th in the Horizon league in digs (4.26) and is tied for 3rd in the HL in conference play (4.71). The Bargersville, Ind., native now has 1,245 career stops and is on pace to be one of BU's all-time defensive greats. For her career, Daprile is averaging 3.96 digs per set, which at the current pace would be 2nd in school history.

Digging OUT RecordS: Katie Daprile put together the finest defensive season in Butler volleyball history in 2008. Her 541 digs during the year shattered BU's single-season record of 522, set by Laura Baire in 1993, while her 4.62 digs per game ranks as the 2nd best season rate behind only Megan Knightly (5.29) in 2005.

VERA SETTING IT UP: The setter on the other end of Butler's attack success is freshman Gina Vera. The Joliet, Ill., native is second in the Horizon League and ranks 42nd in the country with 10.70 assists per set. Vera, who was named all-tournament at IPFW and Kent State, has also made an impact on defense. She is second among all Horizon League setters in blocks per set (0.47).

ALLEN CLIMBING ATTACKS, KILLS CHARTS: Senior Porshia Allen continues to amass impressive career totals. Allen has 3,826 career attacks, 106 swats behind Stephanie Wesley (1991-94) for 6th on Butler's all-time list. She is also 7th in school history with 1,353 kills and needs 44 more to pull into 5th place.

BUTLER AMONG HL'S BEST: The Bulldogs are leading the Horizon League in most of the league's important categories: kills (1,007, 13.99 per set), hitting percentage (.250) and assists (928, 12.89 per set). In league play, the Bulldogs are first in blocks per set (3.14) and kills (15.07). BU is 2nd in hitting (.255) and assists (13.64) in league play.

UP NEXT: Butler travels to Wright State Friday, Oct. 23 and league-leading Cleveland State on the 24th. Butler has already defeated both of those teams in Hinkle Fieldhouse in September.