Bulldogs Hammer Way To 3-1 Win Over Loyola
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler hit .269 in the match as four players finished with double-figure kills and the Bulldogs held visiting Loyola to just .090 hitting in claiming a 30-22, 31-33, 30-15, 30-18 victory over the Ramblers on Saturday (Nov. 3) afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Less than 24 hours after holding UIC to an.080 hitting percentage on Friday (Nov. 2) evening, the Bulldogs once again clamped down on the defensive end, limiting the Ramblers to just .040 hitting in the opening game and a smothering -.045 hitting in a dominant third contest.
The win brings Butler back to even at 13-13 overall and even in the win column with UIC for fifth-place in the Horizon League standings with a 6-8 conference mark. The Flames play at Wright State Saturday afternoon.
The match began as a back-and-forth affair, as the two squads fought through 30 ties and 11 lead changes in the first two games of the day. After battling to a 17-17 deadlock in the opening contest, the Bulldogs used a 5-0 run, including two points on kills by Allen, to pull ahead and hold on to the lead for good.
The nip-and-tuck play continued into the second game, with the two sides trading the lead eight times before the Ramblers positioned themselves on game point at 29-28. A pair of errors by Loyola, however, turned the tide back in favor of the Bulldogs, who went ahead 30-29, but two Butler miscues reversed the fortune once again.
A kill by Daprile brought the scoring even again at 31-31, but back-to-back kills by Sarah Singer gave the Ramblers the game and tied the match heading into the break.
The second half of the match was all Butler, however, as the Bulldogs hit a whopping .378 in the final two games while shutting down the Ramblers on .035 hitting in claiming the match.
Butler jumped ahead 6-0 to nab the lead for good while turning up the defense for six blocks in holding the Ramblers to negative hitting. A staggering .439 hitting by the Bulldogs in the fourth and final game proved to be too much for Loyola to overcome, as Lee hit .857 (6-0-7) to lead the way for Butler.
Allen and DeGeeter each notched their team-leading 11th double-doubles of the season, with Allen finishing with 21 kills and 20 digs and DeGeeter adding 11 kills and 15 digs. Daprile tallied her seventh on the year (12 kills, 13 digs), while Lee came just one block shy of her first with 11 kills on .435 hitting and a match-best nine block assists.
Dana Daprile dished a match-best 56 assists, just three short of tying her career-best mark, and added 11 digs for her third on the season. She also came just two kills short of recording the Bulldogs' second triple-double of the season, finishing with eight kills and a .375 attack percentage.
Nina Inic boasted a team-high 23 digs.
The Bulldogs will try for their third win in a row and fifth in the last seven matches when they host Green Bay on Friday (Nov. 9) beginning at 7:00 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.