Late Rallies Lead Bulldogs Past Vikings In Three
Indianpolis, Ind. - Jessica Wolfe notched a team-high 14 kills and Kelsey Labrum added 10 as Butler rallied from significant late deficits in the final two sets against Cleveland State to claim a 25-23, 25-22, 25-23 sweep of the Vikings in Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Oct. 4) afternoon.
The win sends the Bulldogs to 14-3 on the year and 4-1 in Horizon League play, while CSU falls to 2-12 overall and 1-4 in conference.
After Butler claimed an opening set victory to go ahead 1-0 in the match, Cleveland State appeared to be on the verge of tying the match after steadily working its way out to a six-point advantage late at 22-16. The Bulldogs responded, however, riding an incredible 9-0 streak to come all the way back for a 25-22 decision.
A kill by Labrum got things started before a Butler service ace and a CSU attack error cut the difference to three. Following a CSU timeout, Maureen Bamiro knocked down a pair of kills around another Bulldog ace to bring the bout back to even at 22 all.
Three ensuing CSU attack errors would doom the Vikings, as the Bulldogs claimed the set to go up 2-0 in the match.
Cleveland State once again appeared to be en route to its first set victory of the match following the break, as the Vikings cruised out to a seven-point margin at 19-12. What they got was more of the same from the Bulldogs, who used a 10-2 run to bring the set back to even before closing out the match with a 3-1 surge.
Labrum tallied three kills and Allen added a pair as the Bulldogs rallied back to within one before back-to-back kills from Bamiro gave Butler the lead for good.
Wolfe finished just one dig shy of her seventh double-double of the year, totaling a match-high 14 kills and adding nine digs. Labrum finished with a team-best .421 (10-2-19) hitting percentage in the match, while Bamiro notched a career-best eight kills and added five blocks. Dana Daprile dished 33 assists while Katie Daprile once again led the squad on defense with 16 digs.
Butler returns to action on Wednesday (Oct. 8) when it travels to Dayton, Ohio for a 7:00 p.m. contest against league rival Wright State.