Volleyball rebounds against Cleveland St.
Indianapolis-"That was a match where everyone was running on all cylinders. We didn't play out of our minds; we just played the way we're capable of," said head coach Dawn Dockstader.
The match Dockstader is referring to is a three game sweep of Cleveland State (15-1, 15-7, 15-0) on the second day of the Butler Invitational.
"We made a good team look bad today," said Dockstader.
The Blue Demons dominated the Vikings in all areas of the game, but the most glaring statistic of the match was the .450 hitting percentage DePaul accumulated. Stephanie Bishop led the team with 13 kills and 17 digs, while Christa Dirr (10 kills) and Katie Engel (11 kills) added double digit kill totals.
What really set the tone for the match was the quality serving produced by everyone. Melissa Nordine began serving in the first game and by the time Cleveland won its first side out, the score was 6-0. DePaul ran the score to 11-0 after Kara Jakusz had taken her turn at the line. It wasn't until then that Cleveland recorded its first point of the match.
"That was the best serving I've seen in the four years I've been at DePaul," said Dockstader. "The team made it tough for [Cleveland] to pass the ball effectively and we were able to control the points throughout the match."
Jakusz improved on her performance from day one of the tournament by passing out 43 assists to average 14.3 apg. She has averaged 10.4 apg during the Blue Demons' first three matches.
"Overall I was impressed with how we played. To win game three without allowing a point after winning the first two games is hard to do," said Dockstader.
DePaul plays Butler at 2:30 p.m. Sat. in a match that could determine the tournament