Blue Demons Volleyball Falls in Five to Tulsa
Green Bay-In a marathon match covering three hours and five games, the DePaul volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to Tulsa (13-15, 15-17, 15-9, 15-8, 10-15) in their opening match at the Amerihost Classic in Green Bay.
"We laid an egg in the fifth game," said head coach Dawn Dockstader. "When I look at our stat sheet, there is no way we should have lost this match. We lost because we lost it in our heart and in our head."
The match saw the Blue Demons fall behind two games to none after squandering opportunities to even the match at 1-1. The first two games provided an indicator of what the crowd was in for if the match extended to five games as they covered one hour and thirty minutes. The feeling after the first two games was one of this is either going to end in three or go the distance.
DePaul showed character and determination to extend the match and appeared to have won the momentum it needed to take the fifth game. But, for the second time in as many weeks, DePaul lost a match in the fifth game by falling behind early in the rally scoring.
The Blue Demons traded the first four points in the deciding game with the Golden Hurricane, but won just one of the next seven to fall behind 8-3. The team clamored back to 11-9 before succumbing 15-10. Service mistakes were costly for the team as they tallied four errors in the final game.
The loss was not without its highlights and several players posted some big numbers in the match. Stephanie Bishop led all attackers with 31 kills and added 21 digs. Katie Engel provided ample backup to Bishop on the front line as she tallied 28 kills while amassing a match high 29 digs. Middle Hitters Melissa Nordine and Christa Dirr added 19 and 15 kills respectively. In addition, Kara Jakusz missed tying her own school record for assists by just one as she handed out 88 assists in the marathon.
"We couldn't have asked for better offensive production or a more spread out offense than what we got," said Dockstader.
DePaul will face Wisconsin-Green Bay, Saturday at noon and Western Illinois at 5 p.m.