2010 Butler Volleyball
The First Serve
The Horizon League champion Butler volleyball team will make its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 13 years when it takes on No. 14 seed Dayton Friday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Should the Bulldogs advance, they will take on the Ohio State-Lipscomb winner Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
Butler (21-9) enters the national tourney having won 12 of its last 14 matches. The Bulldogs were the No. 2 seed in the Horizon League Volleyball Championship, gaining a berth in the semifinal. After No. 4 seed Valparaiso defeated top seed Milwaukee, BU out-lasted No. 3 Cleveland State in five sets to make the final. BU then made quick work of Valpo to take the championship.
Senior Jessica Wolfe, the league’s leader in kills and points for the second straight year, was named league tourney MVP. She was joined on the all-tourney team by Gina Vera and Katie Daprile, The 5-11 senior Daprile recently became the Horizon League’s all-time digs leader with 1,992.
Butler and Dayton are meeting for the first time since 2004. BU defeated the Flyers, 3-0, in Dayton on Sept. 7, 2004. Butler and Dayton were conference opponents in the MCC (now Horizon League) from 1988-92. The Bulldogs went 7-1 against the Flyers during the span. Butler has an all-time record of 18-9 against Dayton.
Dayton (27-3), which is ranked 13th in the most recent AVCA coaches poll, have won 22 straight matches and were undefeated in Atlantic-10 play. Lindsey Fletemier was the 2010 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year.
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. Friday will be Butler’s second volleyball NCAA appearance in school history.
DAWGS-FLYERS: BU is 18-9 all-time against Dayton, with the last meeting in 2004. UD’s last win against Butler came in 2003. Butler coach Sharon Clark is 1-2 against the Flyers.
TOURNEY TESTED: Butler will enter the weekend in Dayton having played tournaments in several tough environments. In addition to winning the league championship on the road, the Bulldogs have played at Baylor and Arizona. BU also went 2-1 in the event it hosted Sept. 10-11.
LEAGUE HONORS: Jessica Wolfe, Maureen Bamiro and Katie Daprile each captured All-Horizon League honors this season. 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.
...4-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 leads the league in kills per set (4.13) and points per set (4.65). 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 current kills rate of 4.13 would rank as the fourth best season of hitting in school history. The Plainfield, Ind., native has 19 outings with at least 14 kills this season along with 16 double-doubles.
WOLFE IN NATIONAL RANKINGS: Not only is Jessica Wolfe prominent among the Horizon League leaders, the 6-2 outside hitter is currently 26th in the country in kills per set and 29th in the nation in points.
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 11th season at BU, Clark owns 177 wins, surpassing former coach Sharon Dingman’s mark of 169. Clark was honored for the achievement on Nov. 5 against Milwaukee.
DAPRILE DIGS THE HL RECORD: Katie Daprile is the Horizon League’s all-time leader for career digs and enters this weekend with 1,992. Two weeks ago, she broke the HL career record of UWM’s Lauren Felsing.
...AND BUTLER RECORDS: The 5-11 Daprile has put together three of the most prolific digs seasons in school history. This year, she currently has a school-record 557 digs. She posted a school-record 541 digs in 2008 and beat that with 556 digs last season. Her current career rate of 4.27 digs per set would also be a school record.
GIVING ‘MO’ THIS YEAR: Maureen Bamiro, an All-Horizon League player this season, ranks in the Horizon League’s top 10 in three different categories. She is second in blocks (1.13) fifth in hitting (.295) and eighth in points (3.44).