September 22, 2007

Three Bulldogs Notch Double-Doubles As Butler Ousts Phoenix In Five

Green Bay, Wis. - Three Butler players recorded double-doubles, including a match-high 21 kills from Michelle DeGeeter, as the Bulldogs rallied from a 2-1 deficit to claim their second Horizon League victory with a 24-30, 30-28, 26-30, 31-29, 15-12 decision over host Green Bay on Saturday (Sept. 22) afternoon.

Butler improves to 7-7 overall and 2-2 in league play with the win.

An early lead in the opening game of the match slipped away from the Bulldogs, as Green Bay rode a 19-8 run midway through the contest to pull away for a 30-24 win in the opener. A fast start by the Phoenix in the second game gave Green Bay an 18-12 lead and put it on the verge of a 2-0 match advantage, but the Bulldogs used a 14-9 run late to take its first lead of the game at 26-25 before scoring a 30-28 decision to draw even in the match.

The Phoenix never trailed in the third contest despite Butler's efforts in forcing 13 ties in the game alone, but Green Bay would hold on for a 30-26 win to go back up in the match.

Butler found itself in a hole early on in the fourth game, trailing the Phoenix by as much as four at 13-9. The Bulldogs, however, fought back and reclaimed the lead at 18-17 and would not relinquish the advantage to force a deciding fifth game.

The Bulldogs, who entered the night with a 2-1 record in five-game matches, never trailed in their fourth encounter of the season in claiming a 15-12 victory.

"We executed extremely well and are really coming into our own style of play," head coach Sharon Clark said. "We were able to transition and put the ball away when we needed to.

"I'm proud of how we stepped up in this match and were able to exercise our depth. Everyone made a contribution and helped us to come away with a win."

DeGeeter finished with her sixth double-double of the year on 21 kills and 12 digs, while Jessica Wolfe (11 kills, 17 digs) also added her sixth of the year. Katie Daprile tallied her third with 15 kills and a team-high 19 digs.

Porshia Allen finished as the fourth Butler player with double-digit kills with 18, while Brittany Awai and Dana Daprile combined for 54 assists on the night.

Butler briefly steps out of Horizon League action next weekend when it hosts Chicago State on Friday (Sept. 28) at 7:00 p.m.