Milwaukee, Wis. - Sophomore Porshia Allen tallied her 12th double-double of the year and Butler took early leads in all three games, but Valparaiso outlasted the Bulldogs in a Horizon League Championship quarterfinal match in claiming a 30-28, 30-25, 30-25 decision at the Klotsche Center on Friday (Nov. 16).
Allen finished with a team-high 14 kills and added 11 digs, while senior Michelle DeGeeter added 10 kills, seven digs and seven blocks. Freshman Jessica Wolfe chipped in a team-best 13 digs along with seven kills and six blocks.
No. 5 seeded Butler ends its season with a 14-15 overall record and a 7-9 mark in league play, while No. 4 Valparaiso advances to the semifinals of the league championship.
Butler led by as much as five and held a one-point advantage as late as 18-17 in the first game, but an ensuing 6-0 run by the Crusaders turned the tide in favor of Valpo, which held off a late charge by the Bulldogs to take the opener 30-28.
Another strong start gave Butler an early advantage in the second game, as the Bulldogs took a 9-8 lead on a kill by Wolfe. Two Valparaiso kills and a Butler ball handling error gave Valpo the advantage at 11-9 and, despite constant pressure by the Bulldogs throughout the remainder of the match, the Crusaders held on for a two games to none lead.
The Bulldogs once again saw an early advantage slip away in the third game, as Valpo steadily pulled ahead and kept Butler at bay in securing the match.
DeGeeter finished her career ranked among the best blockers in school history, totaling 354 block assist for the third-highest mark and 406 total blocks for the eighth-most.