Youngstown, Ohio - Five players registered double-doubles and the Bulldogs hit .238 in the match as Butler battled to a grueling 31-33, 30-24, 30-20, 30-32, 18-16 victory at Youngstown State on Saturday (Oct. 13).
Butler rallied back from an opening game defeat to claim two-straight strong wins before the Penguins answered in the fourth contest to force the deciding fifth game. The Bulldogs came up big when they needed in the deciding contest, getting the game-tying points on two consecutive YSU match points before snagging the win on a kill by Michelle DeGeeter.
Four players finished with double-figure kills in the match, with sophomore Porshia Allen leading the team with 24 kills, as the Bulldogs finished with a season-high 83 kills.
The Bulldogs led early in the first contest, building up a seven point margin at 27-20, but a 9-2 run brought the Penguins back to even at 29-29 before YSU sealed the opening victory at 33-31.
There would be no comeback for the Penguins in the second game, as the Bulldogs led throughout en route to a 30-24 decision. A 2-0 advantage to begin the third game would be all YSU would get, as an ensuing 16-4 run by Butler put the game out of reach in a hurry before winning 30-20.
After Butler led by two as late as 14-12 in the fourth contest, the Penguins came back with a 10-3 run to take a 22-17 lead before reaching game point at 30-29. A kill by Jessica Wolfe brought the Bulldogs back to even, but YSU scored the final two points to force the deciding fifth game.
DeGeeter finished with her team-leading ninth double-double of the year with 15 kills and 18 digs, while Allen notched her eighth with 24 kills and 14 digs. Freshman Katie Daprile finished with her fifth double-double with 18 kills and a team-high 20 digs.
Junior setter Dana Daprile dished a team-leading 39 assists and added 10 kills for her first double-double of the season, while sophomore setter Brittany Awai scored her fifth with 25 assists and 11 digs.
Butler closes its six-match road trip on Friday (Oct. 19) when it travels to Valparaiso, Ind. for an 8:00 p.m. ET contest with the Crusaders.