Nov. 15, 2007
Milwaukee, Wis. - A trio of Butler volleyball players was honored with postseason awards at the Horizon League Volleyball Championship banquet on Thursday (Nov. 15) in Milwaukee. Sophomore outside hitter Porshia Allen earned mention on the all-league squad, while freshmen outside hitters Katie Daprile and Jessica Wolfe nabbed all-newcomer squad distinctions.
Allen has been one of the top offensive players in the league this season, averaging 3.89 kills per game for the third-best rate in the conference, while her 405 kills on the year are the most by a Bulldog since the 2004 season. She has been exceptionally effective in the later part of the season, recording 4.50 kills per game in the last 10 league contests. The Indianapolis native has also provided a consistent presence on the back row, ranking fifth on the team with 2.22 kills per game and notching 11 double-doubles.
Daprile has put together an all-around impressive resume in her first collegiate season, ranking second on the team with 3.06 digs, third with 1.01 assists and fourth with both 2.27 kills and 0.59 blocks per game. The Bargersville, Ind., native has registered eight double-doubles on the season, including three in the last five matches, and has recorded career-bests with 20 kills and 27 digs. She also proved to be one of the best Butler servers this year, posting a team-high 30 service aces.
Wolfe has continued to be one of the top-hitting freshmen in the league this season, ranking third on the team with 2.67 kills per game. Her 29 kills against Youngstown State on Sept. 14 still reigns as the Bulldogs' single-match high this season and is tied for the sixth-best single-match mark in school history. Like Daprile, the Plainfield, Ind., native boasts eight double-doubles on the season and has been a force on the back row with 2.53 digs per game.
Allen earns the second mention of her young career after receiving all-newcomer team honors in 2006.
Head coach Sharon Clark has continued her run of recruiting some of the top talent in the league. Including this season's trio, Butler has featured 10 all-league players and 10 newcomer team members in her eight seasons at the helm.
The No. 5 seeded Bulldogs open up the Horizon League Tournament on Friday (Nov. 16) when they take on No. 4 Valparaiso beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET at Milwaukee's Klotsche Center.