Volleyball Falls Despite Early Lead in 3-1 Loss to Butler
Nov. 22, 2013
CHICAGO - Senior outside hitter Vesela Zapryanova posted her third straight double-double with 13 kills and 15 digs, but DePaul volleyball couldn't make an early lead stand up in a 3-1 (20-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-11) loss to Butler on Saturday at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
Zapryanova was joined by senior setter Laura Witt, who also posted a double-double with 34 assists and 15 digs but DePaul dropped to 16-13 and 2-13 in the BIG EAST. Butler improved to 24-6 and 11-4 in the conference behind a match-high 17 kills by Stephanie Kranda.
In the first set, the Blue Demons jumped out to a 3-0 lead helped by kills from Shutava and Witt. Butler would fight back, however, and tied the frame three separate times before DePaul took the lead for good at 11-10 on a Zapryanova bullet. Another Zapryanova kill pushed the Blue Demons' lead to a set-high six, 24-18, before a BU error two points later closed out the set win, 25-20.
Butler asserted control early in the second, going up 9-5 and forcing a DePaul timeout after a Witt error. The Blue Demons would fight back to tie the set at 19-19, after a Shutava kill, before trading points and remaining all square at 20-20. Four straight kills by Butler put DePaul on the ropes, however, leading to a kill by Belle Obert, which ended the set at 25-21.
Coming out of the break, DePaul had its best set statistically with a .244 attack percentage (16-5-45). Nevertheless, Butler opened up an 6-2 lead right away and forced another early DePaul timeout. DePaul battled back to tie things at 11-11 on a Shutava kill and got as close as 22-20 late after Fleener put one down. BU then took three-of-five points to close out a 25-22 win and take a 2-1 lead.
In set four, Butler cruised with a .364 hitting percentage (15-3-33) and limited DePaul to just six kills in a 25-11 win to close out the match.
DePaul is back on the court tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. CT, hosting Xavier in its final home match of the season. The Blue Demons will honor their six-member senior class at the conclusion of the competition.
Notes: Zapryanova's double-double was her third straight, 10th of the season and 18th of her career... Witt's double-double was her first of her season and eighth of her career... Reyes' 18 digs tied her career-high, which she set on Oct. 26, 2012 vs. USF... Butler now leads the all-time series 10-7... Rooks now has 1,127 career digs and needs 24 to tie for 10th on DePaul's all-time digs list...