Volleyball Concludes the DePaul Invitational
CHICAGO DePaul's Sarah Cullen registered her second double-double of the day, but it was not enough as the Blue Demons closed out the DePaul Invitational with a 3-1 (25-31, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20) loss to Denver, Saturday at McGrath Arena.
The Pioneers (7-2) finish the tournament in second place while UTSA took home the Championship. Ball State, who defeated DePaul earlier in the day, placed third; while the Blue Demons (1-7) finished in fourth.
Cullen, who took home all-tournament honors, led a trio of Blue Demons in double-digit kill totals. Cullen paced the floor with 17 kills, while Jacie Fiedler chipped in 14 and Kate Letcher finished with 10. DePaul setter, Christy Landschoot dished out 45 assists and piloted the offense to a .212 attack percentage.
Denver hit .333 for the match and had four players finish with double-digits kills. All-tournament honorees Holly Benson and Kerry Porter led the Pioneer effort. Benson directed her team with 16 kills and 13 digs, while Porter added 12 kills and three total blocks.
After dropping the first two sets, the Blue Demons came into the third focused and never trailed. Up by as many as five points, Fiedler paced the squad with four kills and along with Landschoot the duo tallied four block assists. DePaul forced a fourth set with a 25-23 victory.
Up two sets to one, Denver came at the Blue Demons offensively and hit a sizzling .516 in the fourth frame. Jaqueline Paul tallied five of Denver's 17 kills for a .714 percentage. The Pioneers won the set, 25-20.
Landshoot led the Blue Demons' defensive effort with 11 digs and added five block assists. Cullen registered 10 digs to round out her sixth double-double of the season.
The Blue Demons return to the court Sept. 19-20 in Iowa City, when they take on Tulsa, Portland and host Iowa at the Holiday Inn/Hawkeye Challenge. DePaul takes on Tulsa at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.