Vikings Get Past Bulldogs In Four Games
Indianapolis, Ind. - Senior Michelle DeGeeter registered a match-high 17 kills en route to her fifth double-double of the year, but visiting Cleveland State took advantage of several costly errors by the Bulldogs in handing Butler a 30-23, 27-30, 30-27, 30-24 defeat at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Sept. 15).
The Bulldogs fall to 6-6 on the year and 1-1 in the Horizon League, while CSU improves to 8-5 overall and 1-1 in league play.
The early part of the match looked as though it would take the form of Butler's back-and-forth victory over Youngstown State on Friday (Sept. 14) night, which ended only after 44 ties and over two and a half hours of play.
Butler and Cleveland State battling through 12 ties and six lead changes in an opening-game decision that ended in favor of CSU, before the Bulldogs clawed their way to even in the second game.
Like the previous night's bout, a closely contested third game went the way of the visitor, but, unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the similarities ended there, as the Vikings led throughout the majority of the contest before sealing the match.
DeGeeter finished the night with 17 kills and 11 digs for her fifth double-double of the season, while freshman Jalesa Lee led the squad with a .308 attack percentage (6-2-13). Sophomore Porshia Allen also finished with double-figure kills (10) and digs (11), while Katie Daprile chipped in 14 kills.
Junior Dana Daprile put together another solid night as the primary setter, dishing a match-high 44 assists.
Errors proved to be costly for the Bulldogs in the match, as Butler totaled 13 service miscues and seven reception errors.
Butler returns to action on Friday (Sept. 21) when they head to Milwaukee for an 8:00 p.m. match with the Panthers.