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Volleyball Set to Kick Off Regular Season with DePaul Invitational
Amy Lanski and the Blue Demons will play their first three regular season matches this weekend at McGrath-Phillips Arena


Amy Lanski and the Blue Demons will play their first three regular season matches this weekend at McGrath-Phillips Arena

Aug. 23, 2012

2012 DePaul Invitational Central

CHICAGO - DePaul volleyball opens up its regular schedule in addition to playing host to a four-team tournament, as the annual DePaul Invitational kicks off this weekend (August 24-25) at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

The opening match of the tournament features Butler and Indiana State at 4:30 p.m. before the Blue Demons play their season opener at 7 p.m. against Eastern Illinois.

Saturday's schedule is crammed with four different matches, and action gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with Butler facing Eastern Illinois. DePaul then hits the court, facing Indiana State at 2 p.m. before a 4:30 p.m. matchup between Eastern Illinois and Indiana State. The last match of the evening kicks off at 7 p.m. as the Blue Demons take on Butler.

Blue Demon fans will get the chance to see seven newcomers in regular season action for the first time, as head coach Nadia Edwards welcomes a five-member freshman class and two incoming transfers to bolster the 2012 roster.

Among the newcomers for DePaul are freshmen Abbie Fleener, Tyler Graham, Aubree Hord, Callie Huebener and Randi Leath. The Blue Demons also add two transfer players, sophomore Laura Witt (UT-San Antonio) and junior Vesela Zapryanova (Auburn).

Leading returnees include sophomore outside hitter Amy Lanski, who led the 2011 club with 272 kills and two other consistent offensive options in junior Natalie Rizzo (142 kills) and senior Rachel Aumann (175 kills). Rizzo, a middle blocker, also paced the Blue Demons at the net last season with 18 block solos and 70 block assists.