DePaul's Offense Comes Alive in Sweep Over Chicago State
Oct. 25, 2011
CHICAGO – The DePaul volleyball team snapped its recent slide with a convincing sweep over Chicago State on Tuesday night in the McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Blue Demons took the sets by final scores of 25-23, 25-20, and 25-12 to move DePaul to 5-18 on the season.
It was all about the offense for DePaul in the non-conference matchup as the BlueDemons hit at a commanding .390 percentage over the course of the three sets.
“As a team, to hit .390,” DePaul head coach Nadia Edwards said following the game, “I think that that’s good. We had some goals going into the match, especially offensively, that we wanted to accomplish.”
The first frame was the closest of the night as the two squads played back-and-forth throughout. The Cougars (1-22) had their best offensive performance in the opening set as they hit .290, but at 7-7, DePaul broke the deadlock once and for all. Sophomore Allyson Rooks, who was positioned as libero in the frame, took over on the serve and promptly dropped in an ace to give the Blue Demons the 8-7 advantage.
DePaul followed by taking five of the next seven points and grabbing hold of a 13-9 lead, forcing a Chicago State timeout. The Cougars made it close at the end when they pulled to within one at 24-23, but DePaul rebounded with a strong smash to close it out at 25-23.
In the second set, DePaul began to take the reigns and assert its ability. With the score at 3-3, Natalie Rizzo knocked down an imposing kill to put DePaul ahead and the Cougars could not recover from that point forward. Rizzo, who hit .600 on the night with seven kills and one error in 10 attempts, also tallied two blocking assists in the match. The Cougars mustered up another rally late in the second frame, but after DePaul got out to a lead as large as eight points, Chicago State could not fully rebound.
“I think today we were focused on the quality of play and playing to our potential, and minimizing our mistakes and our errors,” Edwards said. “The way that we finished is the way that we need to be playing.”
The third frame saw no late rally by Chicago State as the Blue Demons went ahead and stayed again. DePaul committed just one error in the frame while swatting down 14 kills in just 26 total attacks. Sophomore Genesis Reyes excelled on the attacking front in the set as she hit down five kills, including one on match point, and no errors.
Edwards continued, “I think that Genesis [Reyes] did a great job jumping in and doing what we asked her to do. Being able to hit for no errors really hits home the message that I’ve been trying to get through to the girls.”
Overall in the match, Reyes hit .500 with seven kills and no errors. Senior Molly Creek swatted down four kills of her own while junior Rachel Aumann registered five kills and committed no errors on the attack. The Blue Demons outblocked the Cougars 4.0-to-2.0 while also out-digging Chicago State by a 32-26 margin.
DePaul now heads back into BIG EAST Conference action this weekend as it travels to St. John’s on Friday before taking on Connecticut on Sunday.
On the win, Edwards noted that the victory “gives us a lot of momentum.” She continued, “For one, it gives us a little bit more confidence and I think we’ve got a big weekend ahead of us against some really good teams on the road so it helps us to regain focus. “