January 11, 2011

BU Volleyball Enjoys Championship Season

2010 SEASON PHOTO GALLERY

2010 Butler Volleyball

Championships, awards and records. The Butler volleyball team enjoyed its finest season in more than a decade in 2010: winning a league championship, advancing to NCAA tourney play and setting several records along the way. Butler ended the year with a 21-10 record.

TEAM HONOR ROLL
21-10 (13-3 HL)
2010 Horizon League Tournament Champion
First NCAA appearance since 1997
Final RPI: 96
2nd Place - Horizon League Regular Season

INDIVIDUAL HONOR ROLL

Jessica Wolfe
All-Horizon League (3rd year in a row)
Horizon League Championship MVP 
AVCA All-American Honorable Mention
AVCA All-Midwest Region 

Katie Daprile
Horizon League Career Record: 2,009 digs
All-Horizon League
Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Team

Maureen Bamiro 
AVCA All-Midwest Region  
All-Horizon League 

Gina Vera
Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Team

Maggie Harbison
Horizon League All-Newcomer Team

Claire Randich
Horizon League All-Newcomer Team 

The Horizon League champion Bulldogs made their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years after winning the Horizon League Volleyball Championship in Milwaukee. The No. 2 seed Dawgs took down Cleveland State (3-1) and Valparaiso (3-0) to claim the title. BU advanced to play national No. 14 seed Dayton in the NCAAs. The Flyers ended Butler's dream season that night in Dayton, but lost to Ohio State the next night in the second round.

The Bulldogs captured many league, regional and conference honors during the year. Senior Jessica Wolfe was named AVCA All-Midwest Region and All-American honorable mention for the second straight year. Junior Maureen Bamiro was also all-region. They were joined by senior Katie Daprile on the All-Horizon League squad. Also, freshmen Claire Randich and Maggie Harbison were league all-newcomer honorees.

Many records fell, as Daprile became the league's all-time digs leader. She's the only player in Horizon League history with 2,000 career digs. Daprile also finished as BU's all-time lead in digs per set (4.27). Wolfe finished in the school's top 5 in most hitting categories. Another milestone game on Oct. 16, when coach Sharon Clark became Butler's all-time wins leader. Clark finished 2010 with 177 coaching wins at Butler, 279 in her career.

 

LEAGUE CHAMPS: Butler won the league tourney and advanced to NCAA play for the first time since 1997. BU defeated UIC and Loyola en route to the '97 title. The Bulldogs then traveled to Nebraska and fell, 3-0, to Michigan State. This season was Butler's second volleyball NCAA appearance in school history.

TOP COMPETITION: Butler played some of the nation's top competition in 2010, facing seven teams who finished in the RPI top 80. BU played Dayton (12), Louisvile (27), Arizona (38), SMU (45), Milwaukee (59), Xavier (61) and Baylor (78). BU's final RPI was 96.

AVCA HONORS: Jessica Wolfe captured all-region and All-American status from the AVCA for the second straight year. Wolfe became only the second Bulldog player two become honorable mention All-American twice (Areal Bienemy, 2003-04). Maureen Bamiro was also selected all-region by the coaches association.

DAPRILE DIGS THE HL RECORD: Katie Daprile finished her career as the Horizon League's all-time leader for career digs with 2,009. She broke the HL career record of UWM's Lauren Felsing on Nov. 13. She's the onnly player in league history with 2,000 career digs. 

...AND BUTLER RECORDS: The 5-11 Daprile put together three of the most prolific digs seasons in school history. She registered a school-record 574 digs in 2010. She posted a then-record 541 digs in 2008 and beat that with 556 digs last season. Her career rate of 4.27 digs per set is a school record.

LEAGUE HONORS: Jessica Wolfe, Maureen Bamiro and Katie Daprile each captured All-Horizon League honors in 2010. It marks Wolfe's fourth postseason award from the league. She was all-newcomer in 2007 and has been an all-league pick 2008-10. Freshmen Maggie Harbison and Claire Randich were named to the league's all-newcomer team. 

...3-TIME ALL-LEAGUER: Jessica Wolfe is one of four players in Butler volleyball history to be named All-Horizon League three times. Stacia Mellinger, Amy Pickett and Porshia Allen are the other three.

WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: 2010 Horizon League Championship MVP Jessica Wolfe led the league in kills per set (4.12) and points per set (4.63). Last year, she led the league in both categories en route to first team All-Horizon League and AVCA honorable mention All-American status. Her kills rate of 4.12 would ranked as the fourth best season of hitting in school history. The Plainfield, Ind., native had 19 outings with at least 14 kills this season along with 16 double-doubles. 

21 WINS: Butler has won 21 matches in each of the last two seasons. That's the most in a 2-year span since 1996-97 (54 wins).

ALL-TIME WINS LEADER: With Butler's 3-1 victory over Loyola on Oct. 16, Sharon Clark became Butler's all-time leader in volleyball coaching wins. In her 11 seasons at BU, Clark owns 177 wins, surpassing former coach Sharon Dingman's mark of 169.

GIVING 'MO' THIS YEAR: Maureen Bamiro, an All-Horizon League and All-Midwest Region player this season, ranked in the Horizon League's top 10 in three different categories. She was second in blocks (1.11) fifth in hitting (.289) and eighth in points (3.40).