Women’s volleyball clinches Horizon League championship, will advance to NCAA finals

After defeating Valparaiso Sunday, the women’s volleyball team (21-9) became the 2010 Horizon League Volleyball Champions and will advance to the NCAA championship—making their second appearance in the team’s history.

The No. 2 seed Bulldogs (25-22, 25-22, 25-16) narrowly defeated Valparaiso in the first two sets but swept them in the third, winning the match.

Defense was key throughout the tournament and a crucial part of Butler’s win Sunday, with Horizon League Championship Most Valuable Player and senior Jessica Wolfe leading with 13 kills, 15 digs and two blocks.

Head coach Sharon Clark said Wolfe’s performance was “phenomenal.”

“She played well in all areas of the game today,” Clark said.

The Bulldogs’ first NCAA appearance was in 1997, where Michigan State defeated them 0-3.

The first match of the championship will take place Dec. 2 or 3, depending on the Bulldogs’ seed and opponent, which will be decided in the selection show Nov. 28 at 3:30 EDT on ESPNews.