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Marquette Tops DePaul, 3-0
Junior Vesela Zapryanova led the Blue Demons with 12 kills to reach double figures for the fourth straight match

Junior Vesela Zapryanova led the Blue Demons with 12 kills to reach double figures for the fourth straight match

Sept. 30, 2012

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CHICAGO - The DePaul volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-23) BIG EAST Conference match to visiting Marquette on Sunday, September 30 at McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons fall to 6-11 and are 1-3 in BIG EAST play, while the Golden Eagles improve to 12-3 and remain unbeaten (3-0) against league opponents.

Vesela Zapryanova paced the Blue Demon offense with 12 kills and has now reached double-digit kills in her last four matches. The junior outside hitter hit at a .310 (12-3-29) clip while the Blue Demons finished the match with a combined .220 (39-13-118) attack percentage. Natalie Rizzo and Laura Witt also finished with attack percentages over .300 for the match.

On the defensive end, Allyson Rooks led the Blue Demons for the 11th consecutive match with 14 digs. As DePaul's libero, Rooks has reached double-figure dig totals in her last 13 games straight and is averaging 3.45 digs per set this season.

Marquette hit .360 (48-8-111) for the match while Holly Mertens paced a trio of Golden Eagles in double-digit kills. Mertens finished with 13 kills and a .667 attack percentage.

Trading points in the early portions of the first set, the score was knotted at nine before Marquette put together a 10-2 run and took a 19-12 advantage on a Lindsay Gosh kill. The Blue Demons used kills by Zapryanova, Witt and Rachel Aumann along with Zapryanova ace to chip away at the Golden Eagle advantage, but time ran out on the DePaul comeback and Marquette took the first set, 25-19.

The second set mirrored the first, with the two teams trading points, and neither team led by more than two points until a kill by Marquette's Danielle Carlson at the 21-18 mark. Zapryanova answered with her fifth kill of the set to bring the deficit back to two. However, Carlson tallied back-to-back kills to force a Blue Demon timeout. The Golden Eagles went on to take the second stanza, 25-20.

The Blue Demons controlled the third set and jumped out to a 14-10 lead when Rizzo and Anastasiya Shutava traded kills to push momentum in DePaul's favor. The Blue Demons sustained their four-point lead and were up 20-16 before Marquette broke through. The Golden Eagles used a 4-0 run and knotted the stanza at 20 and then closed out the set on a 5-3 run.

The Blue Demons return to action at 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 at McGrath-Phillips Arena when they take on St. John's.