DePaul Falls Short in Connecticut
Oct. 30, 2011
STORRS, Conn. - With a blizzard winding down outside at Gampel Pavilion, the DePaul volleyball team came out in a flurry against the Connecticut Huskies on Sunday afternoon but fell in four sets to the host Huskies. The Blue Demons took the first frame 25-14 but fell 26-24, 25-21, and 25-20 in the final three frames.
The loss drops DePaul to 2-8 in BIG EAST Conference play and 6-19 overall, while Connecticut improves to 3-7 in the BIG EAST and 13-12 on the season.
The Blue Demons opened on a tear in the first frame. The squads were only tied once in the match and that occurred with the score at 2-2. At that point, DePaul rattled off four straight to snag a 6-2 advantage. With the score at 7-4, the Blue Demons followed with a 5-0 run to make it 12-4 and grab hold of a decisive lead, forcing a UConn timeout. The two teams traded points until the score stood at 19-13 in favor of DePaul. From there, the Blue Demons took seven of the next eight points to close out a commanding first set win, 25-14.
The opening set saw substantial offensive contributions from setter Katie Gamsky who knocked down three kills and no errors in addition to her 10 assists. The Blue Demons also put up six blocks to the Huskies' three in the frame while out-digging them 26 to 17.
In the second set, the Huskies rebounded in a big way. The two teams fought even the much of the entire frame until Connecticut got the final edge. It was the UConn offense that came alive. After hitting just .023 in the first set, the Huskies hit a whopping .366 in the second frame. The frame weathered 11 tie scores throughout, the most significant of which came at 24-24. DePaul, who had managed to come back from down 24-21, finally gave way to the Huskies who pulled out a 26-24 second set win.
The third frame was not quite as close as evidenced by a 5-0 run by the Huskies to start the frame. DePaul managed to pull itself back in the set coming as close as two to Connecticut. Despite out-blocking the Huskies 3-2 in the set, the Huskies were too much for the Blue Demons. Rachel Aumann and Anastasiya Shutava were the big hitters in the set for DePaul but Connecticut's Devon Maugle and Jordan Kirk combined for 10 kills and just two errors to lead the Huskies to a 25-21 third set win.
Down two sets to one, the Blue Demons set out to push the match to five. Again, DePaul's blocking game outdid Connecticut's as it tallied 4.5 total blocks. Conversely, the fourth set also proved to be the Blue Demons' worst attacking percentage of the day, though they still hit at a .182 clip.
In the set, UConn's Maugle and Jackie Wattles made the difference on the attack as they notched a combined nine kills and no errors. Connecticut grabbed a 5-1 lead to start the set and would not relent as it continued. The Huskies took a lead as large as 21-13 before DePaul crawled its way back into the match. The Blue Demons registered six of the next seven points to make it 22-19 but the Huskies responded with three of the next four to take the win.
Notes: Freshman Amy Lanski led the Blue Demons in kills with 14 followed closely by sophomore Anastasiya Shutava with 12...Katie Gamsky registered a career-best in kills as she notched seven to go along with no errors while racking up 30 assists...in their three matches this week, DePaul hit .277 while holding its opponents to just .184 on the attack.