September 22, 2010

Bulldogs Host WSU, Locks Of Love Friday Night

2010 Butler Volleyball

Wright State (6-7, 1-1 HL) at Butler (7-6, 2-0 HL)
Hinkle Fieldhouse  - Indianapolis, Ind.
7 p.m. ET
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PROMOTION
Locks of Love
Team Supercuts will be at Hinkle from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. cutting hair to be donated for cancer patients’ wigs. Butler volleyball fans can give 10 inches of more. Fans must have dry, clean hair when they arrive at Hinkle. Contact Dawn Jones for more information.

Hair product Kenra will also be sponsoring a giveaway and also will have samples available. For more information on Kenra products, click HERE.

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THE FIRST SERVE

The Butler volleyball team, which has won three straight and five of six, will aim for a 3-0 start in league play Friday night against Wright State at Hinkle Fieldhouse. There is a special Locks of Love promotion from 4-7 p.m. Team Supercuts will be at Hinkle to cut hair, which will be donated to cancer patients’ wigs.

The Bulldogs (7-6, 2-0) enter Friday’s league tilt after posting a 3-0 win against IUPUI on Tuesday night. The win continued the team’s momentum from a 2-0 league road trip last weekend. BU won at Loyola and at Valparaiso, each in dramatic fashion by a 3-2 score. It was the first time since 2004 Butler has gone on the road to start league play and come back to Indy 2-0.

Butler is currently the only Horizon League team with a 2-0 record. Cleveland State and Milwaukee, last year’s league tourney champ, are each 1-0 entering the weekend.

Senior Jessica Wolfe continues to lead the Horizon League in kills and points, while ranking in the nation’s top 60 in both categories. However, it’s been blocking that has gotten the Dawgs on the winning track lately. Butler has climed to second in the league in team blocking (2.07).

Following Friday’s match vs. WSU, BU volleyball will host UIC Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m.

 

FAST LEAGUE START: Butler jumped out to a great start in Horizon League play, winning two on the road last weekend. It is the second straight year BU has started 2-0 in HL play. The Bulldogs beat Youngstown State and Cleveland State last year to start the conference season.

WOLFE THE TOP DOG IN HL: Outside hitter Jessica Wolfe, named league player of the week on August 30, leads the Horizon League in kills per set (4.00) and points per set (4.42). 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. Of Butler’s last seven in-season tournaments dating back to last year, Wolfe has been named all-tournament in six of them. 

WOLFE REGIONALLY AND NATIONALLY: Not only was Jessica Wolfe prominent among the Horizon League leaders, the 6-2 outside hitter also garnered national attention. Wolfe was named AVCA All-Midwest Region and then capture honorable mention AVCA All-America honors.Wolfe is currently 39th in the nation in kills per set and 57th in the nation in points.

HARBISON NAMED DEFENSIVE POW: Freshman Maggie Harbison was named Horizon League Defensive Player of the Week this week. She had 16 digs and 10 blocks during last week's 2-0 weekend for the Bulldogs. It was the first award for the Carmel, Ind., native, and the second weekly honor for BU this season. Jessica Wolfe was offensive player of the week on August 30.

COACHING MILESTONES FOR CLARK: Sharon Clark is closing in on the the record for volleyball coaching wins at Butler. Now in her 11th season at BU, Clark owns 163 wins, just six shy of Sharon Dingman’s (1992-99) record of 169. Last season, Butler’s 3-0 win over Alabama A&M on Homecoming was career victory No. 250 for Sharon Clark. 

DAPRILE KEEPS DIGGING: Katie Daprile has 217 digs (4.64) this season, and in the process has moved into fourth on Butler’s all-time digs list with 1,667. Daprile needs 11 digs to catch Jennifer Kintzel (1994-97) for fourth in Butler history. 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. She currently ranks fourth in the Horizon League in digs per set.

VERA SETTING IT UP: The setter on the other end of Butler’s attack success is sophomore Gina Vera, who was named to the league’s all-newcomer squad last season. Vera had 35 assists in BU’s 3-0 win vs. IUPUI on Tuesday, an average of 11.67 per set. The Joliet, Ill., native stood second in the Horizon League with 10.79 assists per set last season, and she finished 45th in the national assist rankings.

BU vs. THIS WEEK’S OPPONENTS: Butler is 25-21 (.543) all-time against Wright State. The Bulldogs beat the Raiders twice last season, including a 3-0 win at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

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 24 digs in BU’s win at Valparaiso. She also had nine kills, tying her career high.

UP NEXT: Butler will host UIC in its lone match next week. The Flames come to Hinkle Saturday, Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. following a Butler football game.