Blue Demons Set Up 2017 Season with Northern Illinois

CHICAGO - The 2017 Blue Demon squad returns to McGrath-Philips Arena this Saturday, Aug. 19 at noon. They take on the Northern Illinois Huskies in an exhibition match. DePaul features 13 returners and six newcomers, including preseason All-BIG EAST First Team selection Brittany Maxwell who led DePaul with 3.57 kills/set in 2016. The team's seven BIG EAST victories in 2016 were a program-best mark since joining the BIG EAST in 2005. In the preseason poll, the Blue Demons racked up 36 points and placed seventh.

Northern Illinois comes into Chicago to start their 2017 season. The Huskies closed the 2016 season with an overall record of 25-6 and a first place finish in the Mid-American Conference. Northern Illinois brings back eight returnees and welcomes six newcomers to their pro­gram this season. The team is led by All-MAC Honorable Mention, Meg Wolowicz, who averaged (1.08) blocks per set and a hitting percentage of (.309).

The last time the Blue Demons took on the Huskies was in last season's Northern Illinois Invitational. DePaul closed the match with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 27-29, 25-20) loss in DeKalb, Ill. Jameson MacPhie recorded career-highs with 14 kills and 10 digs to earn her first career double-double. Dominika Kowalska had a career-high seven attacks in four sets played. She played in seven sets last season. The Blue Demons recorded a team total of 11 blocks.



DePaul opens the regular season at the Indiana Invitational (Aug. 25-26) and UIC Invitational (Aug. 31-Sept. 2) before hosting the DePaul Invitational on Sept. 8-9. Season tickets are on sale now for $30 and can be purchased by contacting the DePaul Ticket Office at 773-325-7526.

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