Cleveland, Ohio - Sophomore Porshia Allen paced Butler with 17 kills and freshman Katie Daprile added 15, but Cleveland State held off several valiant Bulldog rally attempts to score a 3-0 decision at Woodling Gymnasium on Friday (Oct. 12).
CSU climbed to an early lead in the opening game, going up by as much as six points at 17-11, but the Bulldogs erupted for a 13-4 run to take a 24-21 advantage late in the match. The Vikings, however, would steadily chip their way back in front and hold on for the deciding points.
The Vikings once again put the Bulldogs in an early hole, tallying six-straight points to open the match and held a 9-3 before Butler reeled off six-consecutive of its own to bring the contest back to even. The bout would remain close until Cleveland State used a 9-4 trek to go up 28-20 and held on for a 2-0 advantage in the match.
The third game would remain close at the start, as the two teams battled to a 10-10 tie. An ensuing 5-0 run put Cleveland State in front for good despite another strong Butler charge at the end of the match.
The Bulldogs hit .215 in the match and held an eight to seven edge on blocking over the Vikings, but Cleveland State took advantage of seven service aces and a flawless effort on receptions while hitting .231 in the contest.
Allen paced Butler with 17 kills at .290 hitting while adding seven digs and five block assists. Daprile, meanwhile, hit .289 with 15 kills and eight digs. Junior Nina Inic led the squad with 10 digs, while freshman Jalesa Lee added five block assists.
Butler returns to action on Saturday (Oct. 13) when they take on Youngstown State beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Beeghly Center.