Volleyball Wins Blue Demon Invitational
CHICAGO -- DePaul used a balanced attack to beat Alabama 3-1 (15-12, 8-15, 15-2, 15-11) in the championship match of the Blue Demon Invitational on Saturday at the DePaul Athletic Center.
The Blue Demons moved to 9-3 (4-0 in the tournament) overall while the Crimson Tide fell to 9-3 (3-1 in the tournament).
"It was an outstanding match between two solid teams," DePaul head coach Dawn Dockstader said. "I am very proud of the way we came back after losing the second game. Our fans really got behind us and that helped us late in the match. This is a big win for DePaul volleybal and a great way to open our new home."
DePaul had five players with double figure kill totals led by Stephanie Bishop's 22 (she also added 20 digs). Katie Engel had 17 kills and 14 digs while Melissa Nordine chipped in with 13 kills and 26 digs. Meg Griffin posted 14 kills and 11 digs while Christa Dirr had 14 kills.
Blue Demon setter Kara Jakusz dished out 66 assists.
Jakusz was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Bishop and Engel.
DePaul will be in action again on Tuesday when Marquette comes the Athletic Center for the Conference USA opener at 7:00 p.m.