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DePaul 3, Butler 1

MACOMB, Ill. – The DePaul volleyball team used a balanced attack and their best offensive effort of the season to down Butler 3-1 (30-26, 26-30, 30-18, 30-24) in the final game of the Pizza Hit Invitational at Western Hall.  The win improves the Blue Demons to 2-7 on the season while Butler drops to 5-4. 

Freshman setter Emily McGinnis piloted the Blue Demons to a season-high 77 kills and a .225 attack percentage.  McGinnis finished with a career-high 61 assists and 13 digs.

 

DePaul Sophomore Caitlin Callaghan and Senior Morgan Ingersoll recorded double-doubles and registered career-high numbers in the match.  Callaghan led the defense with 21 digs and chipped 20 kills, both career-highs.  Ingersoll also notched a career-high 25 kills and tied a career-high with 11 digs.

 

Callaghan led the Blue Demons in game one, as she registered seven of DePaul's 16 total kills.  DePaul built a 16-12 lead, but allowed the Bulldogs to pull within one before DePaul head coach Amy Kleyweg called a timeout at the 21-20 mark.  Following the timeout the Blue Demons put together a 6-4 run to force a Butler timeout at 27-24.  The Blue Demons continued to find the wood in the remaining points, winning the game on  Deane Gibson's kill.

 

The Blue Demons were tripped up in game two as the Butler won 30-26.  Michelle DeeGetter led the Bulldogs with five kills.

 

Game three saw DePaul hold an opponent to its lowest point total of the season. Up 18-12, senior Ellen Hayes served up five straight points to put the game out of reach as the Blue Demons sailed to a 30-18 victory.

 

DePaul put together its best offensive set of the season in game four, finishing with 22 kills and a .293 attack percentage.  Following a seesaw start, the Blue Demons put together a 6-3 run to take a 18-14 advantage. DePaul junior Stacy Pando closed out the game by serving up three straight points, including a game and match-point ace. Ingersoll led all players with nine kills in the game.      

 

The Blue Demons registered 101 digs, the most since they registered 102 digs against UW-Green Bay in a five game match on September 30, 2003.  Six DePaul players finished with double-digit dig totals. 

 

The Blue Demons travel to Memphis, Tennessee next weekend for the Memphis Tournament.  The Blue Demons face Alabama A&M and Central Arkansas on Friday and Murray State and Memphis on Saturday.  Action begins on Friday at 9:00 a.m.