Chicago - Porshia Allen, Michelle DeGeeter and Jessica Wolfe each posted double-doubles while helping Butler rally back from an 0-2 deficit to UIC to bring the match even, but the Bulldogs were unable to complete the comeback as the Flames held on for a 30-26, 30-22, 24-30, 15-30, 15-8 decision on Wednesday (Oct. 3) evening.
The Flames jumped out to a quick 8-2 lead in the first game and held on to the advantage for most of the match, but the Bulldogs rallied on the heels of back-to-back kills by DeGeeter to go ahead 24-23. UIC, however, closed the game with a 7-2 run to take a 1-0 advantage.
The Bulldogs kept things close again in the second game and led early on at 9-8, but the Flames again used an 8-2 run midway through to pull away and take a seemingly commanding 2-0 lead in the match.
An 8-2 start in favor of the Bulldogs in the third game gave them a lead they would not relinquish, as Butler cut into the shortcoming with their first win of the night.
A 9-3 run to open the fourth game put Butler in command once again, before the Bulldogs used a 10-3 streak to go up by 10 and closed the contest with an 11-2 run to finish with a dominant 30-15 win to deadlock the match and force a deciding fifth game.
UIC would have the final say, however, as the Flames rode a 7-1 run late to secure the match.
Butler held a commanding edge at the net, totaling 15 blocks to the Flames' seven, and out-hit UIC .173 to .141, but the Bulldogs' 13 service errors to their foe's five proved to be costly.
Allen led all scorers with 25 kills while adding 17 digs, while Wolfe tallied 11 kills and a career-best 23 digs. DeGeeter finished with 20 kills at a .273 hitting percentage and chipped in 10 digs. Jalesa Lee paced the squad with nine blocks.
Butler continues its road swing when it travels to Dayton, Ohio on Saturday (Oct. 6) for a 4:00 p.m. contest with Wright State.