Volleyball Drops a Heartbreaker
CHICAGO- The DePaul volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season, 3-2 (30-23, 30-26, 25-30, 19-30, 15-12) to UIC in the opening match of the Chicagoland Classic, Friday evening at Loyola University’s Gentile Arena. The Blue Demons fall to 4-1 on the season, while the Flames improve to 3-4.
The Blue Demons fell to an early 2-0 deficit, but roared back in games three and four to even the match at two games a piece, before ultimately falling, 15-12 in the fifth game.
“I am very disappointed with tonight’s outcome,” Head Coach Dawn Dockstader said. “We fought too hard in games two and three to loose our composure in game five. As a result we could not hit our serve and were unable to close out the match.”
The lead changed hands five times and the scored was tied six additional times before the Blue Demons put game three away. Janet Goreham’s 24-24 tying kill, allowed DePaul to take the momentum and close out the match on a 6-1 run.
The Blue Demons dominated the Flames in game four, holding them to 19 points and a .075 hitting percentage, while swinging .351 as a team. With the game tied at six, the Blue Demons went on a 10-1 run to put the game out of reach for the Flames.
The Flames capitalized on nine DePaul errors to take game five and the match, 15-12.
UIC’s Ambria Springer lead all players with 19 kills and a .472 hitting percentage, while DePaul’s Ellen Hayes tallied a match high 19 digs.
“People checked out early and did not come to play a complete match,” Dockstader added. “We have to learn from tonight’s match and come to the gym tomorrow prepared to play like we did earlier this season.”
The Blue Demons will be back in action Saturday afternoon at the Gentile Center and will face Northwestern, at Noon.