2010 Butler Volleyball
Butler (15-7, 10-1) at
Chicago State (0-25)
Thursday, Oct. 28 - 6 p.m. ET
Convocation Center - Chicago, Ill.
The First Serve
The Butler volleyball team will travel to Chicago for a pair of matches this weekend, including a tilt at UIC that will be the team’s last Horizon League road match. The Bulldogs have won six straight and 11 of the last 12.
Butler is coming off a light weekend, defeating Wright State in its only appearance last weekend. The Bulldogs improved to 6-1 in league road matches with the 3-2 victory at WSU. Senior Susan Lester had a career-high 15 kills in the match.
The Dawgs have already defeated UIC once this season, beating the Flames 3-0 back on Oct. 2. BU won in 86 minutes with a balanced attack, with Lester leading with 10 kills and two other Bulldogs with at least seven.
Senior Jessica Wolfe and junior Maureen Bamiro have led Butler’s climb to the top of the league standings. Wolfe continues to lead the Horizon League in points and kills and Bamiro is ranked in hitting, kills, points and blocks. As a team, BU is second in the league in blocks and third in hitting percentage and digs.
Following the trip to Chicago, Butler (15-7) will play the remainder of the regular season at Hinkle Fieldhouse. BU will host Green Bay and Milwaukee Nov. 5-6, in a pair of matches with huge championship implications. Milwaukee is also 10-1 in league play.
LEAGUE LEADER: Butler is now 10-1 in league play and tied for first place in the league standings with Milwaukee. This is despite playing seven of 11 league tilts on the road. With five conference matches left, Butler will have the advantage of playing at home four times. It is the first time Butler has started 10-1 in league play under 11-year head coach Sharon Clark.
WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe, leads the league in kills per set (3.93) and points per set (4.45). Last year, she led the league in both categories en route to first team All-Horizon League honors. Her 4.01 kills rate last season was the eighth best season of hitting in school history. The Plainfield, Ind., native has 13 outings with at least 14 kills this season along with 10 double-doubles.
ALL-TIME WINS LEADER: With Butler’s 3-1 vicotry over Loyola, Sharon Clark became Butler’s all-time leader in volleyball coaching wins. In her 11th season at BU, Clark owns 171 wins, surpassing former coach Sharon Dingman’s mark of 169. Clark will be honored for the achievement Saturday, Nov. 6 against Milwaukee.
WOLFE REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY: Not only is Jessica Wolfe prominent among the Horizon League leaders, the 6-2 outside hitter also garnered national attention last year. Wolfe was named AVCA All-Midwest Region and then captured honorable mention AVCA All-America honors. Wolfe is currently 50th in the country in kills per set and 49th in the nation in points.
DAPRILE DIGS THE RECORD: Katie Daprile is now BU’s all-time leader for career digs and enters this weekend with 1,833. Megan Knightly (2002-05) was the previous digs record holder with 1,737. The 5-11 senior has put together two of the most prolific digs seasons in school history, posting a school-record 541 digs in 2008 and beating that with 556 digs last season. Her current career rate of 4.19 digs per set would also be a school record.
BU vs. THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: Butler is 30-19 (.612) all-time against Chicago State and UIC, including a 5-0 mark against CSU. The Bulldogs and Flames have split the last six meeting dating back to 2007.
VERA SETTING IT UP: Gina Vera, who was named to the league’s all-newcomer squad last season, is averaging 11.53 assists per set during Butler’s last three wins, up from her season average of 10.22. She had a season-high 57 assists in Butler’s 3-2 win at Green Bay on Oct. 10.
GIVING ‘MO’ THIS YEAR: Maureen Bamiro has been a key contributor to Butler’s 9-1 start. She is the only player in the Horizon League to rank in the league’s top 10 in four different categories (hitting, kills, points and blocks). She has hit at least .250 in five of the last seven matches and had eight blocks in Butler’s win over Loyola on Oct. 16.
LESTER TRYING ANOTHER SPORT: Susan Lester, now a volleyball starter, was a standout basketball player for BU the past four years. The Anderson, Ind., native scored 1,275 points and grabbed 781 rebounds. The all-league hoops player, now in grad school, posted a career-best 15 kills in BU’s win at Wright State last weekend.
UP NEXT: Butler will host Green Bay and Milwaukee Nov. 5-6 at Hinkle Fieldhouse, the first pair of four straight home matches to close the regular season.