October 17, 2009

Butler Rolls Past Youngstown State

 BOX SCORE

RESULT: Butler def. Youngstown State 25-23, 25-19, 25-13

INDIANAPOLIS - Junior Jessica Wolfe and senior Porshia Allen each had a double-double and junior Katie Daprile had 27 digs to lead the Butler volleyball team to a 3-0 win over Youngstown State Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Wolfe had a match-high 18 kills to go along with 10 digs, while Allen added 12 kills and 10 digs.

"We hit really well and Katie played great," head coach Sharon Clark said. "She really got us going early."

Freshman Gina Vera handed out 44 assists, helping BU to a .303 hitting percentage for the day.

"Gina did a nice job of passing and dismantling what Youngstown State was trying to do," Clark added.

The Bulldogs (16-10, 6-3 HL) jumped out to an early 14-7 lead in the first set before YSU rallied. The Penguins would tie the score at 19 and eventually take the lead at 23-21 before Butler finished with four straight points to win the set. A block from Wolfe and junior Jalesa Lee started the Bulldog rally, then both Wolfe and Lee had a kill to give BU the first set 25-23.

In the second set, Butler forced the Penguins to call a timeout by taking a 10-6 lead. BU continued to extend the lead and led by as many as 15-7. Youngstown State closed to 23-19, but after a Bulldog timeout junior Kelsey Labrum had a kill and Wolfe had an ace to give the set to Butler 25-19.

The Bulldogs rolled Youngstown State in the third set. Leading 13-11, BU took three straight points to go up 16-11. At 18-12 and Vera serving, Butler won four points in a row to lead 22-12. After a YSU kill, Wolfe racked up two more aces to finish the set 25-13 and give BU the sweep.

"This was a big win for us coming off a couple of losses last weekend," Clark said. "Hopefully we can use this win to build some momentum for the rest of the season."

YSU's Ruth Boscaljon had 10 kills and hit .364. Brittany Grove and Laurie Shives each had 13 digs to lead the Penguins (6-13, 4-5 HL).

Butler plays at Wright State Friday, Oct. 23 and at league-leading Cleveland State the next day.