Atlanta, Ga, - After riding a staunch defense to a pair of wins to open the Kennesaw State Owls Challenge, the Butler volleyball team turned to a dominating offensive performance in the final bout, as the Bulldogs hit a season-high .379 (46-10-95) en route to a 25-11, 25-13, 25-22 sweep of the host Owls on Saturday (Sept. 6) evening.
Junior outside hitter Porshia Allen finished with a double-figure total in kills for the third match of the tournament in helping the Bulldogs to their fifth-straight victory and a 6-1 record on the season. Kennesaw State falls to 1-5 with the defeat.
Butler's 6-1 start to the year is the program's best record through seven matches since the 1997 squad opened the year at 11-0.
The opening set remained close in the early going, as the Owls managed to keep within two points before crawling to within one a 7-6. An ensuing 14-3 run by the Bulldogs, however, made for a nearly insurmountable 21-9 difference before Butler closed the bout with a 25-11 victory.
The Bulldogs went to work on offense right from the start of the second set, building up a quick 6-1 advantage before rolling ahead to an 18-8 lead and never leading by fewer than nine points the remainder of the way.
Kennesaw State made things a little more interesting after the break, keeping the third set to within four points for much of the period, but the effort would be no match for Butler, which trailed only at 1-0 of the set.
Allen finished with a match-high 14 kills and added eight digs, while sophomore Kelsey Labrum added 12 kills and seven digs. Senior Dana Daprile dished 29 assists in the match while hitting a team-best .727 (8-0-11). Sophomore Katie Daprile notched a match-high 14 digs.
Kennesaw State was limited to just 25 kills in the match, with no player tallying more than four.
Butler returns to Indianapolis on Tuesday (Sept. 9) when it welcomes Indiana State to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a 6:00 p.m. match.