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Blue Demons Sweep Second Straight at Rambler Challenge
Junior Natalie Rizzo tied for the team-high with an error-free eight kills and a led the way with a .667 hitting percentage.

Junior Natalie Rizzo tied for the team-high with an error-free eight kills and a led the way with a .667 hitting percentage.

Sept. 15, 2012

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CHICAGO - DePaul volleyball got its second straight sweep on Saturday, September 15 in its second match at the Loyola Rambler Challenge, defeating Chicago State 3-0 (25-10, 25-22, 25-14) at Gentile Arena.

Now on a two-match winning streak, DePaul improved to 5-6 on the season while sending Chicago State to 2-14 overall. The Blue Demons also improved to 14-0 all-time in the matchup between the two schools.

No player reached double digits in kills, as the Blue Demons spread around the offense and saw five players post at least six kills.

Middle blockers Rachel Aumann (.533) and Natalie Rizzo (.667) both had efficient matches, tying for the team-high with eight kills apiece. On the outside, Callie Huebener and Vesela Zapryanova both went for seven kills while Briana Spruill added a season-high six kills to the attack.

Junior libero Allyson Rooks and Huebener paced the defense with 12 digs each as the Blue Demons won the battle at the net 10-3 and held the Cougars to a .049 hitting percentage - the second straight match the Blue Demons have reached double digits on the block and limited their opponent to a sub-.050 hit percentage.

In set one DePaul was clicking, hitting .367 and getting four kills from Spruill. The Blue Demons took the first three points before Chicago State got on the board and led by as many as 15 by the finish.

Set two saw Chicago State stick around after taking an early 7-2 lead before head coach Nadia Edwards called for a timeout. The Cougars would rally to a 9-2 advantage before DePaul ripped off seven straight points to pull even on a CSU error. The two sides would remain close, tied as late as 19-19, before DePaul took six-of-nine points to claim the set.

In the final frame, the Blue Demons hit a blistering .467 as Zapryanova came alive with five of her seven kills to close out the match. After taking the first four points, DePaul would race ahead by as many as 12 (18-6) on a block by Rizzo. Amy Lanski notched the first kill of her season to close out the match, as the junior made her season debut after missing the team's first 10 matches recovering from a knee injury.

DePaul is not done for the day, and will finish up the evening looking to bring its season record even with a match against the hosts, Loyola, scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start.