DePaul Concludes Invitational With Loss
Aug. 27, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Although the DePaul volleyball team attempted to continue its pension for comebacks, the Blue Demons (1-3) were defeated in three sets by host Wyoming in the UniWyo Invitational on Saturday night, falling 25-12, 25-17, and 27-25 to the Cowgirls (3-1).
The opening set was all Cowgirls as they surged to an early 8-3 lead. Wyoming was relentless in its search for the first frame win as it went up 21-10 to garner an overwhelming lead. As a result, the Blue Demons dropped the set by a 25-12 final. DePaul committed 10 errors in the set as it never found its rhythm and finished with a -.062 hitting percentage.
The Blue Demons fared better in the second frame but still came up short against a potent Wyoming offense. Down by as many as seven points, DePaul battled back to pull within two at 17-15, but Wyoming took eight of the next 10 points. The Blue Demons notched 10 kills in the second stanza but Wyoming's five service aces pushed the Cowgirls to a 25-17 win.
In the third and final set, DePaul got out to a quick 3-0 lead thanks to a kill and a solo block by sophomore Natalie Rizzo. The Cowgirls evened the match and eventually pushed the score to 14-9. Five points was the largest lead of the set as DePaul once again showed its resiliency on the court. The Blue Demons fought back to make it 22-21. With match point threatening for Wyoming up 24-22, DePaul fought back with three straight points to recapture the lead forcing a Cowgirl timeout. Following the timeout, Wyoming regained its composure and rattled off three straight points to take the set and the match.
DePaul will return to action this weekend as it will compete in the Chicagoland Challenge hosted by UIC. The Blue Demons first match will be on Friday against the host squad at 7 p.m. followed by a deciding match on Saturday.
Notes: Rizzo was named to the invitational's all-tournament team while Wyoming's Jodi Purdy took home the MVP nod. ..Amy Lanski hit a team-high .227 in the match...Sammy Geiger notched 24 assists...DePaul and Wyoming each registered 13 kills in the final frame.