2009 Butler Volleyball
The Butler volleyball team can put itself in a great position in the league standings this week, as it hosts Milwaukee and Green Bay at Hinkle Fieldhouse. UWM comes to BU Tuesday Oct. 6, while Green Bay visits Hinkle the following night. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. and will be streamed live on ButlerSports.com.
BU (13-8, 3-1 HL) enters the week equal in the loss column for first in the Horizon League, and is one game ahead of Milwaukee. The Panthers are the defending league champion, but have started this season 5-10. Green Bay is also 5-10, and at 1-3 is two games behind Butler in the conference standings.
Butler has won three of its last four and is coming off a split last weekend. The Bulldogs lost at Valparaiso last Friday before sweeping Alabama A&M at home on Homecoming Saturday.
Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by junior Jessica Wolfe and senior Porshia Allen. Wolfe is leading the Horizon League in kills (4.19) and points (4.79). Defensively, junior Katie Daprile is BU's leader in digs (4.28) and sophomore Maureen Bamiro leads in blocking (1.07).
WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe is leading the Horizon League in kills (302), kills per set (4.19) and points per set (4.79). If she can maintain her 4.19 kills rate, it would be the fourth 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 23rd in the nation in kills per set and 26th in the nation with 4.79 points per set.
COACHING MILESTONES FOR CLARK: Butler's 3-0 win over Alabama A&M was career victory No. 250 for Sharon Clark. The Bulldogs' head coach, in her 10th season at Butler, is just two wins shy of 150 for her career at BU. The school record for wins at Butler is 169 by Sharon Dingman (1992-99).
DAPRILE KEEPS DIGGING: Junior Katie Daprile ranks 5th in the Horizon league in digs (4.28) and is 2nd in the HL in conference play (5.29). The Bargersville, Ind., native now has 1,187 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 the school'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's 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 leads the Horizon League and ranks 30th in the country with 10.75 assists per set. Vera, who was named all-tournament at IPFW and Kent State, has also made an impact on defense. She leads the Horizon League in blocks per set (0.47) among setters.
ALLEN CLIMBING ATTACKS, KILLS CHARTS: Senior Porshia Allen continues to amass impressive career totals. Allen has 3,678 career attacks, 13 swats behind Lori Adams (1986-89) for 8th on Butler's all-time attacks list. She is also 10th in school history with 1,298 kills. Allen needs 58 more to catch Adams for 6th in BU history. At her current rate, Allen will finish 5th in Butler history with 3.32 kills per set, the second-highest mark this decade.
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 UIC and Loyola October 10-11, respectively.