Volleyball Comes Up Short in Green Bay
GREEN BAY Wis.- The DePaul volleyball team dropped a five-game heartbreaker (30-28, 24-30, 30-18, 23-30, 13-15) to UW-Green Bay Tuesday evening at the Resch Center. The Blue Demons fall to 4-4 on the season, while UW-Green Bay claimed its first victory to go to 1-6.
The Blue Demons came out swinging in a game-one, winning decisively 30-21. DePaul combined for 13 kills and a .312 hitting percentage, while the defense held the Phoenix to a -.045 hitting percentage.
The stats flip-flopped in the second game. The Phoenix were the ones swinging well, combining for a .300 hitting percentage, while the Blue Demons faltered, recording five hitting errors and a .171 hitting percentage.
DePaul energized by the break stopped the UW-Green Bay offense again in game-three, holding them to 18 points. However, it was the Phoenix who fought back to win games four and five and ultimately the match.
“We need to learn to play tough throughout the entire match,” Head Coach Dawn Dockstader said. “There is no stopping us when we are ahead in a game, but when are down or the score is close we play timid and are unable to come up with the big plays. I am looking for someone to step-up and make plays at crucial times during the match and tonight I did not see that happen.”
The duo of Janet Goreham and Mandy Moorberg piloted the Blue Demons offense and defense. The two combined for 34 kills, 36 digs and eight total blocks.
Moorberg led all players with 19 kills, while Jackie Rosen tallied a team high 17 kills for the Phoenix.
DePaul returns to action on Friday, September 17 when they host the Blue Demon Invitational. They will welcome Birmingham Southern, Eastern Illinois, Xavier and Western Illinois to the Athletic Center for a two-day tournament. The Blue Demons will open against Birmingham Southern and Eastern Illinois on Friday at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., respectively.