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South Florida Stifles DePaul in Dig Pink Match
Senior Lauren Blasi hit down a team-high seven kills in the match.


Senior Lauren Blasi hit down a team-high seven kills in the match.

Oct. 21, 2011

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CHICAGO – The DePaul volleyball team ran into a hard-hitting opponent on Friday night as the South Florida Bulls stymied the Blue Demons offense and took the Dig Pink match in three at the McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Bulls took the sets in order by scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-16.

With the loss, DePaul drops to 1-7 in BIG EAST Conference action and 4-18 overall while the Bulls improve to 5-2 in league action and 9-11 on the season. From the first set on, the USF defense stifled the Blue Demon offense. While the Bulls hit a whopping .303 in the first frame, DePaul hit just -.057 thanks in part for four total blocks from the USF front.

Sophomore Anastasiya Shutava did her best to keep DePaul close as she knocked down four kills in the set, but the early lead by the Bulls never diminished and the Blue Demons went down a set.

In the second frame, it was Lauren Blasi providing much of the DePaul offense as the senior notched five kills to just one error in the set.

Sophomore Natalie Rizzo, senior Molly Creek, and freshman Amy Lanski each got in on the blocking game in the set as the squad registered three total. The Blue Demons’ three blocks couldn’t outdo the Bulls’ blocking however, as they again racked up four, holding DePaul to a negative attack again. South Florida managed its early lead well and rode it to a two-set advantage over the Blue Demons.

Late in the third set, DePaul showed some life as the Blue Demons went on a brief rally that proved too little too late. Credit the USF blocking game as it remained hot throughout the match and peaked in the third set win. The Bulls tallied six total blocks in the frame with most of the damage coming by way of USF’s Kayla Walton and Kimika Rozier. Walton registered five block assists in the match while Rozier collected one solo block and six block assists to hold the Blue Demons to a -.156 in the set. Despite a late run by the Blue Demons, DePaul saw the Bulls take the third set by a 25-16 final.

The Blue Demons face a quick turnaround as they are set to welcome Chicago State on Tuesday. DePaul holds a 12-0 lifetime mark over the Cougars. The match is set for a 7 p.m. start in the McGrath-Phillips Arena.