Volleyball Travels to Denver
CHICAGO The DePaul volleyball team travels to Colorado August 31-September 1 for the Denver Invitational. The Blue Demons face Wichita State on Friday at 6 p.m. (CST) and tangle with Denver and Auburn on Saturday at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., respectively.
DePaul head coach and former Denver assistant coach Amy Kleyweg returns to Denver as a head coach for the first time since coming to Lincoln Park in 2006. Kleyweg spent nine seasons with the Pioneers before becoming DePaul’s fourth head volleyball coach. Kleyweg, who has nine newcomers on the 2007 Blue Demon roster, helped recruit all of Denver’s sophomores, juniors and seniors.
The Blue Demons opened the season at the Chicagoland Classic, falling to Illinois-Chicago, 3-1, and Loyola-Chicago, 3-0, last weekend. Senior libero Maureen Zigulich and junior Caitlin Callaghan were the only veterans in the starting line-ups; while freshman setter Christy Landshoot led the young Blue Demon offense with 49 assists against UIC and tallied 28 against Loyola.
With Landschoot working overtime, freshmen middle blockers Jacie Fiedler and Kate Letcher stole the offensive limelight as they combined for 48 kills in their first weekend of play. Letcher led the offense registering 3.57 kills per game while Fielder averaged a .286 attack percentage. Fielder was recognized for her outstanding play and earned All-Tournament honors.
The Blue Demons look for their first win on Friday when they face the Wichita State Shockers. The two teams have never faced one another, while the Blue Demons are 20-41 against the Missouri Valley Conference schools. The Shockers opened the season 1-2, falling to Kansas State and Cal Poly and picked up a win over North Texas. Sophomore outside hitter Emily Stockman leads the Shockers both on offense and defense, recording a .205 attack percentage while tallying 5.10 digs per game. Friday’s game will be broadcast live on shockerradio.com with Mike Kennedy calling the action
Day two of the tournament pits Kleyweg against her mentor, Beth Kuwata. Kuwata has been at the helm of the Pioneer program for the last 12 years, bringing Kleyweg on as her assistant in 1997. Denver opened its season 1-2, garnering a win against Seton Hall while falling to then-ranked No. 22 Oklahoma and unranked Alabama. Senior Kim Muller led the Pioneer’s in their first weekend of play, averaging 3.55 kills per game and was name to the Sooner Legend All-Tournament team. The first ever meeting between the Blue Demons and Pioneers can be seen live via webcast on denverpioneers.com.
The Blue Demons close out the tournament with a 6 p.m. meeting with Auburn. The Tigers enter the weekend unbeaten having claimed wins against Troy, Nicholls State, Tennessee State and Georgia State. The duo of Jelena Sekulic and Jessica Glover both average over 3.5 kills per game and Glover leads the defense with 50 digs. Auburn won the only match in the series with DePaul in 1987, a 3-0 victory.