The Blue Demons volleyball team fought to the end against the Orange but came up short in Syracuse.
Nov. 11, 2011
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Against a Syracuse squad fighting to earn one of the final spots in the BIG EAST Conference tournament, the DePaul volleyball team fell in three closely-played sets (25-21, 25-18, 26-24) on Friday night on the road. The loss moves the Blue Demons to 7-21 on the season and 3-10 in BIG EAST action while the Orange improve to 18-11 overall and 7-6 in league play.
Tight play defined the opening frame. Junior Rachel Aumann came out with the hot hand for the Blue Demons as she registered DePaul's first two kills. Throughout the match, the squads tied an astounding 11 times with the final deadlock coming at 17-17.
From there, the Orange racked up two straight kills before committed an error to pull DePaul back within one. Syracuse responded with two more points thanks to a Blue Demon setting error and a service ace to make it 21-18, forcing a DePaul timeout.
Out of the break, Lauren Blasi, who finished with seven kills in the match, swatted down a thunderous kill. While the Blue Demons would benefit from two additional Orange errors, Syracuse managed to close out the set at 25-21.
In the second set, the Blue Demons remained close with the Orange through the first 21 points. With the score at 11-10 in favor of Syracuse, however, the momentum swung to the Orange. Syracuse went on an insurmountable 6-0 run in which it knocked down three kills while benefiting from three DePaul attacking errors.
Two consecutive kills by senior Molly Creek halted the Orange rally but two DePaul errors combined with a Syracuse kill put the match at 20-12 in favor of the home team. Creek added another kill before freshman Amy Lanski followed up with one of her own to pull the Blue Demons back within five at 20-15. The comeback effort proved insufficient, however, as the Orange continued a steady pace to 25 points and took the second set by a 25-18 final.
The third set much resembled the first in its competitiveness. For much of the frame, no team garnered a lead of more than four until the Orange jumped out to a five-point lead at 22-17. From there, however, the Blue Demons began to rally.
While DePaul managed to even the score just three times in the frame, the most important tie came when it mattered most. Looking to continue the match, Creek continued to play with tenacity as she registered a crucial kill to knot the set at 24-24.
Creek's crack at extending play was not enough for DePaul, however, as Syracuse countered with back-to-back kills to close out the set at 26-24 and finish the match with a 3-0 sweep.
Up next for the Blue Demons is a 1 p.m. Sunday matchup at Marquette--DePaul's final match of the 2011 season.