Blue Demons Take Down Villanova, 3-1
Oct. 19, 2012
VILLANOVA, Pa. - Three Blue Demons reached double-figures in kills as the DePaul volleyball team picked up its second BIG EAST Conference win of the 2012 season with a 3-1 (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-17) decision over Villanova on Friday at the Jake Nevin Field House.
With the win, DePaul snaps a four-match losing streak and improves to 7-14 and 2-6 in the BIG EAST Conference. Villanova drops to 10-13 overall and 4-4 in league play. The Blue Demons also tied their win total from all of 2011 with the victory.
Freshman outside Abbie Fleener led the team with 14 kills as the offense was supplemented by the middle blockers. Junior Natalie Rizzo posted an efficient outing (12 kills, .417 attack percentage) as senior Rachel Aumann added 11 kills on a crisp .588 attack percentage.
Statistically, junior libero Allyson Rooks had one of her best matches in a Blue Demon uniform with a career-high 26 digs - the most by any DePaul student-athlete this season. She was joined in double figures by Zapryanova (21), who also recorded a career-high, Genesis Reyes (16) and Laura Witt (12). Witt added 19 assists for her team-high sixth double-double of the season.
The Blue Demons were solid defensively, recording a season-high 92 digs as a team and out-blocking the Wildcats 6-5.
DePaul dropped set one before storming back to even the contest in the second stanza. Villanova took an 8-3 lead before the Blue Demons battled back to tie the set at 15-15 on a kill by Fleener. The Wildcats reclaimed the lead briefly, but a Rizzo kill made it 19-19 and the Blue Demons used a 6-3 run to take the set.
Set three remained close throughout and was tied three times between 20-20 and set point. Zapryanova and Fleener put together back-to-back kills in crunch time to give the Blue Demons a 25-23 victory and 2-1 advantage in the match.
DePaul burst ahead 7-3 in the early goings of set four and never looked back, leading by as many as nine at 16-7. A Rizzo kill and a Villanova service error closed out the win for DePaul as they took the deciding set, 25-17.
Next up for the Blue Demons will be a 1:00 p.m. CT meeting with Georgetown on Sunday, October 21 in Washington, D.C.
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