Sept. 22, 2017
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CHICAGO - The DePaul volleyball team defeated St. John's, 3-2 (17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-11), in the BIG EAST home opener on Friday night at McGrath-Phillips Arena. This makes the Blue Demons 7-7 overall and 1-1 in the BIG EAST.
Claire Anderson led all players with 22 kills for DePaul. Kelsey Horvath contributed a team-high 47 assists.
Brittany Maxwell propelled the host to a 12-9 lead in the first set with three early kills. The Red Storm would close the set on a 16-8 run to take the opener 25-17.
Trailing one set to zero, the Blue Demons jumped out to a 13-7 lead in the second set. DePaul would hold onto win the set 25-20 to tie the game at one set apiece. To close the set, Maxwell soared above the net for a timely block. At the end of two sets Anderson led all players with 12 kills.
St. John's took a two set to one lead with a 25-23 win in the third set. Anderson led the Blue Demons with five kills in the set.
After falling behind 2-1, head coach Nadia Edwards was proud of how her team responded,
“We really encouraged the girls to play to their strengths,” Edwards said. “I thought we came out a little bit slow, paying a little too much attention to what St. Johns was doing, but I thought we really picked it up when we focused on what was happening on our side.
“We knew we had certain matchups that we really wanted to take advantage of in the middle of the court. Caitlyn Coffey played extremely well tonight. In the later sets we shifted her around, making sure she was in a really good place offensively. She took advantage of that and really got it going for us.”
The Blue Demons dominated the fourth set to the tune of 25-16, forcing a fifth and final set.
In the penultimate set, DePaul pulled ahead after being tied five separate times, winning the final set 15-11 in front of their home crowd to take the game three sets to two.
“We’re extremely proud of how our women played five sets tonight in what was an extremely tough match,” Edwards said. “I think when they were down they were super resilient, they stayed hungry, they kept their composure and continued to fight throughout the entire match.
“I really think, when you talk about four of our players have double-digit kills, a lot of the credit has to go to our setter Kelsey Horvath who was able to distribute the ball effectively all night. Also, our passers did a good job keeping our passing in system. Our libero, Haley Bueser, came up really strong tonight on the defensive end, keeping us in the transition game. It was really a hard fought team match and a big team win for us and we are extremely proud of our girls for that.”
The Blue Demons are back at home on Saturday, Sept. 23 as they take on Seton Hall at McGrath-Phillips Arena.