DePaul Volleyball Drops 3-0 Match with No. 10 Louisville
Sept. 21, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The DePaul volleyball team fell short in its BIG EAST opener, dropping a 3-0 (25-15, 25-22, 25-22) decision with No. 10 Louisville on Friday, September 21 at the KFC Yum! Center.
The Blue Demons dropped to 5-8 overall and 0-1 in conference play with the setback.
DePaul was led offensively by outside hitter Vesela Zapryanova, who posted nine kills to go along with eight digs. Freshman Callie Huebener also aided the attack with seven kills as seven different Demons recorded at least three kills.
Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year Lola Arslanbekova had a big night for the Cardinals, who captured their 10th straight win and improved to 12-1 overall, with 21 kills and 13 digs.
The Blue Demons came out strong and had set one locked up as late as 6-6 before Louisville caught fire to take the first set 25-15, limiting DePaul to a .125 hitting percentage.
DePaul would fight back in set two, however, and jumped out to an early 6-5 lead. The set was tied as late as 20-20 thanks to some efficient attacking (.218 hitting percentage, just four errors) and five kills from Zapryanova. The Cardinals then rallied to take five of the final seven points, putting DePaul in a 2-0 hole in the match.
In set three DePaul kept things close again, tying the set on a kill by Abbie Fleener to make the score 11-11. The Blue Demons eventually would take the lead, 17-16, via a Louisville error and had an advantage at 20-19 as well on a block by Natalie Rizzo, forcing the Cardinals into a late timeout. The Cards drew even out of the stoppage, but a kill by Briana Spruill gave the Blue Demons the lead back at 21-20. Again, however, the Cardinals broke away late to take the match 25-22.
Next up for the Blue Demons will be a trip to Cincinnati to face the Bearcats on Sunday, Sept. 23 at Fifth Third Arena. The match is scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. CT start.