Milwaukee Hands Bulldogs 3-1 Setback

Milwaukee, Wis. - Butler totaled double-figure blocks in its eighth match of the year, but the steady defense would not be enough as host Milwaukee held off the Bulldogs, 25-16, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, at the Klotsche Center on Friday (Sept. 26) evening.

Senior setter Dana Daprile finished with a team-best seven kills and 23 assists, while sophomore middle blocker Jalesa Lee added six kills and a team-high five block assists as the Bulldogs fell to 11-3 on the year and 1-1 in Horizon League play. The Panthers, meanwhile, improve to 9-4 overall and 2-0 in conference.

Butler found itself quickly on the short end in the opening set, as Milwaukee ran out to an 11-3 advantage before rolling to a 25-16 win and a swift 1-0 lead in the match.

The two squads made things interesting in the second period, however, as Butler battled UWM to a 10-10 deadlock before the Panthers used a 6-2 run to take a four-point edge in the set. The Bulldogs closed the gap to three at 21-18 but could get no closer, as Milwaukee used a 3-0 surge to reach set point before scoring a 25-21 win and a 2-0 lead at the break.

After the Panthers took a quick 1-0 lead in the third set, the Bulldogs reeled off five-straight points to take a 5-1 advantage; a lead they never relinquished in the game. Butler built up as much as a nine-point margin at 17-9 before the Panthers rallied on a 9-2 run to close the deficit to one at 19-18. The Bulldogs would prevail in the end, scoring five-straight points to get back into the bout at 2-1.

Butler seemed on the brink of bringing the match back to even midway through the fourth set, as the Bulldogs held a two-point lead at 17-15 following a kill by Porshia Allen. An ensuing 9-1 run by Milwaukee, however, would erase much of a chance of a comeback, as the Panthers built up a 24-18 lead before holding on for the deciding bout.

The Bulldogs finished with 10 blocks in the match, the seventh-straight match with at least nine blocks by the team.

Lee tallied a team-high five block assists while hitting a team-best .750 (6-0-8) in the match.

Allen and Jessica Wolfe each totaled five kills in the bout. Katie Daprile led the squad with 21 digs.

Butler returns to action on Saturday (Sept. 27) when it takes on Green Bay beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET at the Kress Events Center.