Bulldogs Fall Short To IUPUI, 3-2
Indianapolis, Ind. - Porshia Allen and Jessica Wolfe tallied their fourth double-doubles of the season, but the Bulldogs came up on the short end of the scoreboard for just the second time this year, as visiting IUPUI scrapped to a 25-27, 25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 15-10 decision at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Tuesday (Sept. 16).
The loss sends Butler to 10-2 on the year while snapping the Bulldogs' nine-match winning streak. IUPUI, meanwhile, improves to 7-5.
Butler out-hit the Jaguars in the match, .207 to .182, but IUPUI registered 68 kills and 104 digs in the bout - both opponent season-highs - en route to a closely-contested five-set win.
The Bulldogs took an early advantage in the match after working out a gutsy 27-25 decision in the opening set. Butler looked to be in control late in the set, pushing out to a five-point lead at 21-16, but an 8-3 surge by the Jaguars brought the set to even at 24-24. IUPUI escaped its second set point to remain tied at 25, but back-to-back kills by Kelsey Labrum and Allen sealed the first bout in favor of the Bulldogs.
Butler jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the second set, but IUPUI came right back on the heels of a 9-2 run before the two squads found themselves deadlocked at 13-13. The Jaguars took over from there, riding an 11-4 surge out to a 24-17 lead. A kill by Allen and back-to-back attack errors by IUPUI brought Butler to within four, but the rally attempt would end there as the Jaguars headed into the break tied at 1-1 in the match.
The Bulldogs would be the ones playing comeback in the third set, as IUPUI sprinted to a 10-3 lead after the break before Butler rallied on an 8-1 run to bring the bout back to even at 11-11. The Bulldogs kept things close, cutting deficits of as much as five points down to one, but they could never get any closer down the stretch as the Jaguars held on for a 25-22 decision.
Trailing through three sets for just the third time this season, the Bulldogs put up a fierce showing in the fourth set. The Butler defense flexed its muscles, holding the Jaguars to just .043 hitting (12-10-47) while rolling to a 25-18 decision to send the match to a decisive fifth set.
Butler started out strong in the final game, as three kills from Wolfe and another by Jalesa Lee put the Bulldogs ahead 4-2, but IUPUI would rally to take an 8-6 lead midway through. Butler would stick with the Jaguars, cutting the deficit to one three times, but a 5-1 run to close the match was all IUPUI would need to claim the match.
Wolfe finished with a season-high 20 kills and added 17 digs for her fourth double-double of the year, while Allen added 13 kills and 13 digs for her fourth double-double. Lee also chipped in double-digit kills with 10 and tallied a team-best six block assists.
Butler kicks off Horizon League play on Friday (Sept. 19) when it welcomes Valparaiso to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a 7:00 p.m. match.