Green Bay, Wis. - Kelsey Labrum tallied 20 kills and both Porshia Allen and Jessica Wolfe recorded double-doubles as the Bulldogs rallied from down 2-1 in the match for a grueling 26-24, 16-25, 19-25, 25-19, 19-17 victory at the Kress Center on Saturday (Sept. 27) afternoon.
Butler improves to 12-3 on the season and 2-1 in the Horizon League, while the Phoenix drop to 5-8 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the match after battling through a back-and-forth opening set that featured seven lead changes and 15 ties. A late 4-1 surge by Green Bay turned a 22-20 Butler lead into a set point for the Phoenix at 24-23, but back-to-back kills by Labrum swung the bout in the Bulldogs' favor before an attack error by UWGB sealed the first game for Butler.
Green Bay would rally over the next two sets, as the Phoenix hit a match-high .324 in the second game en route to a convincing 25-16 win before sneaking past the Bulldogs in a 25-19 third set to put Butler in a must win situation.
The Bulldogs responded, out-hitting the Phoenix .289 to .171 in brining the match back to even following a 25-19 victory. Butler never trailed in the set, jumping out to a quick 4-0 advantage and leading by no fewer than two the rest of the way. Wolfe and Allen each finished with four kills in the game.
The deciding fifth set featured all of the drama of the opening bout, as the two squads fought through four lead changes and 13 ties before the Bulldogs clawed out the win. Butler had the Phoenix on the verge of defeat four times, but Green Bay managed to break up the match points each time. The fifth time proved to be the charm, however, as Wolfe knocked down the go-ahead kill before an attack error by UWGB gave Butler the deciding point.
Labrum finished tied for the match-high with 20 kills, tying for the Bulldogs' season best mark. Wolfe added 14 kills and a 20 digs for her fifth double-double of the year, while Allen chipped in 13 kills and 15 digs for her fifth.
Dana Daprile finished two assists shy of her season-high with 45 assists while hitting a team-best .538 (8-1-13). Katie Daprile paced the squad with 26 digs, while Jalesa Lee knocked down five blocks.
For the eighth-straight match, the Bulldogs finished with nine or more blocks as a team, totaling nine against the Phoenix.
Butler returns to Indianapolis next weekend when it hosts Youngstown State on Friday (Oct. 3) beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.