Callie Huebener, Natalie Rizzo and Vesela Zapryanova all tallied double-digit kills in the Blue Demons' win
Aug. 25, 2012
CHICAGO – Led by Callie Huebener’s double-double, the DePaul volleyball team registered it first win of the season – a 3-2 (18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-22, 15-11) thriller over Indiana State in the second match of the DePaul Invitational on Saturday at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Earlier in the day, Butler defeated Eastern Illinois 3-0.
The Blue Demons (1-1) came out firing on all cylinders and hit a season-high .284 (66-18-169) against the Sycamore. Paced by Natalie Rizzo’s .560 (14-0-25) attack percentage, the Blue Demons recorded some thunderous kills. Rizzo finished the match with 14 kills and added a solo block and four block assists.
Huebener also had an impressive match for the Blue Demons. The freshman recorded 15 kills and 12 digs for her first collegiate double-double. Vesela Zapryanova also finished in double-digit kills with 15 while the junior added nine digs.
Indiana State (1-1) matched DePaul at the net with its .284 attack percentage, but unforced errors doomed the Sycamore. Shea Doran (19), Molly Murphy (17) and Cassandra Willis (12) all finished in double-digit kill totals. Erika Nord guided the ISU offense with 54 assists and added 14 digs. Ashlen Buck paced the floor with 25 digs.
Both teams came out swinging in the first set. The Blue Demons hit a blistering .323 (13-3-31) while Indiana State was sweltering and registered a .452 (16-2-31) attack percentage in first set. Tied at 16, the Sycamores used a 5-1 run -- capitalizing on three kills, an ace and a Blue Demon service error to steal the stanza’s momentum. ISU went on to take the first set 25-18.
DePaul raced out to a 5-0 advantage and never looked back in the second set. DePaul did cool off a little at the net but still hit an impressive .242 (13-5-33) clip for the frame. The Blue Demons were led by strong arm of Zapryanova who tallied four monster kills that brought the fans to their feet. The Blue Demons’ largest lead of the second stanza, 17-11 came on a Laura Witt’s service ace. With Indiana State on the comeback trail, DePaul’s Rizzo stuffed Molly Murphy to give the Blue Demons the momentum in the final points.
Indiana State jumped out to what seemed an insurmountable advantage – 13-4, but the Blue Demons clawed their way back into the third stanza by fighting through long rallies, connecting on timely kills and took advantage of unforced ISU errors. With Indiana State up 20-14, the Sycamores committed four errors which pulled the Blue Demons within three, 21-18. However, time ran out on the Blue Demon comeback and ISU won the third set 25-21.
Needing to force a fifth game, the Blue Demons were determined from the first point and never trailed. Led by Rizzo’s perfect game, the junior tallied seven kills on 10 attempts for an astonishing .700 hitting percentage. Aumann also got into the action with the senior totaling three kills on six attempts. DePaul dominated the court and led by as many as six and took the fourth set 25-22.
Heading into the final stanza the Blue Demons were not going to let the match slip away and opened the match in dominating fashion – thunderous kills from Abbie Fleener and Rizzo. Up, 6-4, Huebener and Aumann combined for DePaul’s next four points which forced a Sycamore timeout. ISU pulled within two (13-11), but a huge kill from Zapryanova and an Indiana State attack error gave the Blue Demons their first win of the season.
DePaul returns to the court at 7 p.m. this evening and plays Butler (1-1).
Notes: Aubree Hord recorded a season-high 32 assists… DePaul has had at least one player record a double-double in each of its matches this season -- Vesela Zapryanova (12 digs, 12 kills) against Eastern Illinois and Callie Huebener (15 kilss, 12 digs) versus Indiana State… Zapryanova has tallied double-digit kills in both of DePaul’s matches… DePaul has outblocked both of its opponents this season and tallied nine blocks against ISU… DePaul’s 66 kills is a season best… first time this season DePaul had three players -- Zapryanova, Huebener and Rizzo finish in double-digit kills.