DePaul Drops Five-Setter to Visiting Green Bay
Sept. 26, 2012
CHICAGO - Despite a career-high 20 kills from Rachel Aumann, the DePaul volleyball team dropped a 3-2 (22-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-13) heart-breaker to visiting Green Bay on Wednesday, September 26 at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Aumann's 20 kills came on an efficient .357 attack percentage, while the senior committed just five errors on 42 attempts. Laura Witt also had one of her best outings in a DePaul uniform, dishing out a career-high 52 assists and picking up 18 digs.
Allyson Rooks paced the defense with 20 digs and freshman Aubree Hord added a career-best 13 on a night in which the Blue Demons recorded a season-best 90 digs as a team - the most digs for DePaul since recording 89 on November 11, 2011 versus Rutgers.
Junior outside hitter Vesela Zaprynova also posted 11 digs to go with 13 kills for her fourth double-double of the season. Zapryanova and Witt are now tied with freshman Callie Huebener, as each has recorded four double-doubles on the year. Freshman Abbie Fleener also went for a career-high nine kills on the night.
The two teams came out swinging in the first set and combined for 34 kills. With both teams terminating the ball well, it was Aumann who was the standout. The Blue Demon senior hit a sweltering .583 and tallied eight of the Blue Demons' 20 kills in the first set. Tied at 18, Aumann closed out the stanza with three explosive kills, which put an exclamation point on the Blue Demons' 25-22 victory.
DePaul's offensive dominance continued with the Blue Demons again tallying 20 kills in the second set. Using a balanced attack, Rizzo led the Blue Demons with six kills, Fleener followed with five and Zapryanova tallied four in DePaul's 25-21 set-two win.
There were seven early ties in the second set and with the stanza tied at 18, Fleener and Zapryanova combined for five kills in the closing points. Searching for game point, Blue Demon setter Laura Witt closed out the set when Zapryanova's dig set up a strategically placed tip which gave DePaul a 2-0 advantage heading into the break.
After explosive hitting the first two sets, the teams cooled off in the third as neither team hit over .072.
Tied at 14, the Phoenix utilized two Blue Demon attack errors and got three kills from Monica Anderson to take their largest lead of the third set, 18-14. Green Bay sustained its four-point advantage before kills from Zapraynova and Witt would pull the Blue Demons within two, 23-21. The DePaul comeback would fall short as Green Bay won the third set, 25-23.
Green Bay got clicking in fourth set, using a .333 attack percentage to win 25-18 and send the match to a deciding fifth set.
Up 11-8, the Phoenix used a 9-2 run and took a 20-12 advantage on a Leah Van Zeeland kill. Green Bay had game-point twice, but kills by Brianna Spruill and Aumann stalled the Pheonix, who eventually took the fourth set.
With DePaul down 9-7 in the deciding set, the Blue Demons used a Green Bay attack error and a monster solo block from Fleener to tie the frame at nine and force a Phoenix timeout.
Coming out of the break, Green Bay won the next three points which stopped the action for a Blue Demon timeout. The Blue Demons would pull within two, 14-12, but a kill from Carmen Leitermann would end the match in a Green Bay victory.
The Blue Demons return to action on Saturday when they host a 2:00 p.m. match against BIG EAST Conference foe Syracuse.