Huebener Posts Season-High 16 Kills in 3-1 Loss to Georgetown
Oct. 25, 2013
CHICAGO - A packed house and season-high 16 kills by sophomore Callie Huebener weren't enough for the DePaul volleyball team, as Georgetown stole a road win after bursting out to an early lead (25-21, 25-22, 16-25, 25-19) on Friday afternoon at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Blue Demons hosted their annual Field Trip Day, which had the gym rocking, but it was the Hoyas who came out loud with decisive wins in the first two sets. DePaul recovered in a dominant set three win, but could not finish the job and fell to 2-2 on the season in four set matches.
Georgetown improved to 9-12 (3-5 BIG EAST) behind Lauren Saar's match-high 20 kill output. DePaul drops to 15-5 and 1-5 in the conference with the setback.
Huebener led the offense, registering a season-high in kills while also receiving a season-high 36 sets and hitting an efficient .333. Classmate Abbie Fleener also put together a tidy match, landing 11 kills on 26 attempts with just two errors to hit .346. Senior Vesela Zapryanova also added 10 kills.
Senior Allyson Rooks led the defense, tallying 16 digs to bump her career total to 974. Genesis Reyes also finished with 10 digs, while sophomore Tyler Graham added eight and tied a career-high with four aces.
In the opening set, DePaul led 6-5 after a kill by senior Natalie Rizzo but Georgetown would respond to take six of the next seven points to go up 11-7 and force a Blue Demon timeout. The Hoyas maintained a lead throughout the remainder of the frame, but the Blue Demons got within two late, 22-20, off a dump by Colleen Smith. The comeback attempt was foiled by a service error, however, followed by kills by Alex Johnson and White to clinch a 1-0 lead for Georgetown.
In the next frame, DePaul again nearly pulled off a comeback after trailing 20-14 at one point. Kills by Fleener and a service ace by Rizzo got the Blue Demons to within one, 22-21, before two Hoya kills and a DePaul error resulted in a 25-22 final score.
The Blue Demons woke up in set three, hitting a match-high .290 and rocketing out to a 12-6 lead behind a long service rally by Rizzo. Leading 24-16 late, Zapryanova put the match away with a near side bullet to force a fourth set.
In the fourth, Georgetown answered with its most efficient volleyball of the afternoon -- hitting .452 and committing just two errors in a 25-19 win. The Blue Demons got five kills from Huebener and got as close as 20-16 late before the Hoyas closed out the match on a 5-3 run.
DePaul returns to action hosting the top team in the BIG EAST standings, Creighton, tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
Match Notes: DePaul drops to 9-5 in the all-time series against Georgetown... the two teams split this season, with DePaul winning 3-0 in Washington D.C. on October 5... the Blue Demons have lost five of seven since Sept. 28... Allyson Rooks tallied 16 digs to nudge her career total to 974... Tyler Graham tied a career-high with four aces... Lexi Chanos posted season-bests with two aces and six digs... Huebener tied a season-high with three block assists...