Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision at Seton Hall
Nov. 4, 2012
SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. - The DePaul volleyball team dropped its third straight match in a 3-0 setback at Seton Hall on Sunday in Walsh Gymnasium.
With the loss, DePaul fell to 8-18 overall and 3-10 in the BIG EAST Conference. It was Senior Day for the Pirates and the home team came out with a lot of energy, taking two decisive sets early and improving to 18-8 overall and 6-7 in league play.
Senior Rachel Aumann led the Blue Demons with eight kills while junior Natalie Rizzo added six terminations at a .333 clip. Freshman Aubree Hord led the team in two categories, posting 15 assists and eight digs.
As a team, the Blue Demons excelled at the net out-blocking Seton Hall 7-3. Seton Hall was efficient on offense, however, hitting .330 for the match as DePaul's attack stalled. The Pirates were the first DePaul opponent to hit over .300 since Marquette on September 30.
On a day where Seton Hall was clicking, the Blue Demons struggled to get in gear early. The Blue Demons hit .000 in each of the first two sets before coming to life in set three. DePaul's 27 total kills was its second-lowest output of the season as the team finished the match with an .083 hitting percentage (27-19-96) - just the third time this season the Blue Demons have hit less than .100.
After DePaul combined to produce just 13 kills (while committing 13 errors) in sets one and two, Seton Hall jumped out to a commanding 2-0 match lead with 25-13 and 25-12 wins.
The Blue Demons would respond, however, recording more kills in set three (14) than in the first two frames combined. The Pirates raced out to an 8-3 lead early before DePaul rallied for a 6-1 run to tie the score at nine. With the set all square at 13-13, the Blue Demons ripped off another 6-1 spurt to claim their largest lead of the match. The Pirates would slowly chip away at the lead, however, coming back to tie the frame at 23 and eventually seizing the sweep after dropping one match point.
Just two matches remain on the regular season schedule as DePaul will travel east again next weekend, taking on St. John's at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in Jamaica, New York. The Blue Demons will then return to Chicago to close out the fall at home, celebrating Senior Day on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1:00 p.m. against Rutgers.