Volleyball Falls Despite Early Lead in 3-1 Loss to Butler
Senior Laura Witt recorded her eighth career double-double with 34 assists and 15 digs on Friday.

Nov. 22, 2013

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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.

The Blue Demon attack was supplemented by Anastasiya Shutava and Abbie Fleener, who each added 11 kills.

Defensively, DePaul was led by senior Genesis Reyes' career-high tying 18 digs. Libero Allyson Rooks added 12 digs and has posted double figure dig totals in 12 of her past 13 matches.

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... 



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