DePaul Comeback Falls Short in Five Set Loss at Rutgers
Nov. 3, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - The DePaul volleyball team clawed its way back from a 2-0 match deficit before falling in the deciding fifth frame (25-14, 25-17, 22-25, 21-25, 15-11) on Saturday at College Avenue Gym.
With the loss, DePaul drops to 8-17 overall and 3-9 in the BIG EAST Conference. Rutgers goes to 18-9 and 4-8 in conference play. It was another heartbreaking five-setter setback for the Blue Demons, as their overall record in those matches dropped to 1-5.
Senior Rachel Aumann had a productive day, finishing with 15 kills on 29 attempts with no errors for a crisp .517 attacking percentage. Junior Vesela Zapryanova capped her day with her team-high seventh double-double of the season, securing 11 kills and 10 digs. Freshman Tyler Graham led the defense with 17 digs.
The Blue Demons dropped the first two sets by 11 and eight points before rebounding to claim a win in set three. DePaul fell behind early, 5-1, but battled back with four straight points capped by a Callie Huebener ace. A Rutgers attack error on the following play gave the Blue Demons the lead and they eventually stretched their advantage to 9-6 on a block assist by Aumann and freshman Abbie Fleener.
The lead would exchange hands three more times until DePaul built its largest of the set, 18-13, on an Aumann kill, but it would come down to the final few possessions as the set was even as late as 21-21. Zapryanova supplied the offense, planting kills for three of DePaul's final five points as the team launched a 5-1 run to take the set and force a fourth.
Set four remained much closer even as DePaul jumped out to an early 8-4 lead. The score remained within two until the Blue Demons began to grab hold of the set on a Anastasiya Shutava kill to make it 20-18. From that point, the Blue Demons took five of the final eight points, closing out the point on a kill by Aumann and another Huebener ace serve - the freshman would finish with a career-high three.
In the deciding fifth set, DePaul jumped out to a 3-1 lead early on a Rutgers attack error and kills by Aumann and Zapryanova. Rutgers would surge ahead, however, and led 11-7 when the Blue Demons mounted yet another comeback. A 3-1 run by the Blue Demons got the score back within two, 12-10, before the Scarlet Knights wrapped up three of the final four points to claim the win, 15-11.
DePaul will be back in action tomorrow, Sunday, November 4 at Seton Hall University. Match time is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT at Walsh Gymnasium.