Butler Hosts Chicago Schools This Weekend
2009 Butler Volleyball
Butler continues its chase for the top of the Horizon League standings this weekend, hosting the two Chicago schools at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Loyola comes to BU Friday at 7 p.m. and the Bulldogs host UIC Saturday at 7 p.m. The Dogs are one match behind Valpo for 2nd place in the league standings.
Butler (19-11, 8-4 HL) collected one of its biggest victories of the season last Friday (Oct. 30), beating Valparaiso at home, 3-1. Junior Jessica Wolfe had 19 kills and nine digs and junior Katie Daprile had 21 digs. Butler, which has won four of its last five contests, hit .302 as a team and held on to the No. 3 spot in the Horizon League.
Loyola and UIC have each defeated Butler in Chicago this season. UIC (15-13, 8-5) is just a half-game back of Butler in the standings.
Wolfe continues to lead the Horizon League in kills (4.10) and points (4.75) per set. Freshman Gina Vera is 2nd in the HL with 10.79 assists per set. The duo, along with senior Porshia Allen, has helped Butler to the top 3 in all of the offensive categories in league play.
This weekend's action is the final home weekend for Bulldog volleyball. BU will recognize its seniors before Saturday's match against UIC.
LOOKING FOR 20: With one more win this season, Butler will reach 20 victories for the first time since the 2003 squad went 20-12. This season marks the 4th time BU has won 19 matches under Sharon Clark.
WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe continues to lead the Horizon League in kills per set (4.10) and points per set (4.75). She ranks 3rd in aces (0.34) and 10th in hitting (.257). 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 39th in the nation in kills per set and 31st in the nation with 4.75 points per set.
BUTLER IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS: BU is ranked among the national leaders in team offense. The Dogs are 36th in kills (13.85), 42nd in hitting percentage (.245) and 42nd in assists (12.74).
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 against Green Bay. 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 (4.48) and is 3rd in the HL in conference play (5.12). The Bargersville, Ind., native was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 19 after picking up 27 digs in a 3-0 win over Youngstown State. She has reached 15+ digs 14 times this season.
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 ranks 2nd in the Horizon League and ranks 43rd in the country with 10.79 assists per set. Vera was named all-tournament at IPFW and Kent State.
ALLEN CLIMBING ATTACKS, KILLS CHARTS: Senior Porshia Allen continues to amass impressive career totals. Allen has 4,028 career attacks, good for 6th on Butler's all-time list. She is also 5th in school history with 1,416 kills, 182 swats behind Kali Carter (2001-04).
UP NEXT: Butler concludes the regular season in Wisconsin Nov. 13-14. BU takes on Green Bay Friday, Nov. 13 at 8 p.m. The regular season finale is at Milwaukee the next day at 5 p.m. Butler has already swept both of those teams.