Blue Demon Volleyball Falls 3-1 at Cincinnati
Junior middle Natalie Rizzo tied a career-high with seven block assists.

Sept. 23, 2012

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CINCINNATI, Ohio - The DePaul volleyball team dropped a hard fought match 3-1 (26-28, 25-13, 25-23, 25-20) against the University of Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena on Sunday, September 23.

With the loss, the Blue Demons fell to 5-9 on the season and 0-2 in BIG EAST play. Cincinnati, the defending BIG EAST Champions, improved to 3-11 and 1-1 in the conference.

Senior Rachel Aumann led the way for DePaul with 12 kills and an efficient .333 attacking percentage. Junior Natalie Rizzo added eight kills, as freshman Callie Huebener and junior Vesela Zapryanova supplied seven apiece.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior libero Allyson Rooks paced the Demons with 16 digs. Sophomore setter Laura Witt added 12 and was one off her career record with 37 assists on the afternoon, while Zapryanova also reached double-digit digs with 11.

On the front line, DePaul netted a season-best 27 block assists including a career-high-tying seven from Rizzo.

DePaul took control of set one early and trailed just once in the early-goings. The Blue Demons led by three late, 20-17, on a kill by Huebener but the Bearcats battled back to tie the set 21-21. It was back and forth from there until a block by Rizzo and Huebener gave the Demons a one point advantage at 27-26. A Bearcat error on the next point clinched the first set for DePaul.

Cincinnati came roaring back in the second set, however, winning 25-13 and hitting .469.

The Blue Demons recovered and kept things close again in the third set, taking a 6-4 lead early on a block by Aumann. The Bearcats came back to tie the set at 11 and took the lead for a brief period until the Demons recovered it at 16-15 on a UC error and built up a three-point advantage at 21-18 on another Bearcat miscue. From that point, however, the Bearcats went on a 7-2 run to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

In set four, DePaul went up early again at 6-5 on an ace by Allyson Rooks, but couldn't hold onto the advantage as the Bearcats took the win 25-20.

Next up for the Blue Demons will be a mid-week matchup at McGrath-Phillips Arena when Green Bay comes to town for a 7:00 p.m. tilt.



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