MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The DePaul volleyball struggled in its final match of the Memphis Tournament, falling to the tournament host Tigers on Saturday. Memphis defeated the Blue Demons 3-0 (30-10, 30-26, 30-14). DePaul dropped a 3-0 (30-24, 30-19, 30-22) match to Murray State earlier in the day.
The Blue Demons (4-9) finished the tournament in third place, behind the offensive hand of senior Morgan Ingersoll. The senior, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, averaged 4.54 kills per game, tallying 59 kills for a .226 hitting percentage in four matches. Senior Ellen Hayes finished the weekend with 58 digs and freshman Sarah Cullen followed with 51.
The Blue Demons travel to Indiana to take on Valparaiso Tuesday, September 19th before opening BIG EAST play this weekend on the road at Villanova and Rutgers. DePaul takes on the Crusaders at 7:00 p.m. (CST) at the Valparaiso Athletic Recreation Center.
Memphis 3, DePaul 0
Memphis (13-1) came out swinging in game one, hitting a sizzling .476 and knocked down 12 kills. The Blue Demons held an early 4-2 lead but had a difficult time getting anything going offensively. DePaul hit a dismal -.143 and registered just five kills. Memphis' Sarah Bury led all players with four kills.
The Blue Demons offensive woes ceased in game two, terminating 14 kills for a .233 attack percentage; however Memphis continued to have the hot hand and registered 20 kills for a .364 attack percentage. The Blue Demons and Tigers traded sideouts for most of the game as there were seven ties and three lead changes. Tied at 23 Memphis closed out the game on 7-3 run. Ashley Liford led the Tigers with six kills.
Memphis had its best offensive effort in game three, hitting a match-high .607 and had four players finish with perfect attack percentages. Up 15-7 Memphis put together a 7-0 and put the game out of reach for the Blue Demons. The Tigers won game three 30-14.
Shelby Burton and Liford led Memphis offense with 12 and 11 kills, respectively and hit over .500 for the match. Colette Ramirez led all players with .875 attack percentage.
Ingersoll led the Blue Demons with eight kills. Senior Ellen Hayes led the defense with 7 digs.
Murray State 3, DePaul 0
Murray State defeated the Blue Demons 3-0 (30-24, 30-19, 30-22) in Saturday's first match. High octane defense highlighted the match as each team finished with 72 digs. Murray State's Heather Norris led the field with 23 digs, while Alyssa Groves and Allison Mugler chipped in 16 and 17 digs, respectively. The Blue Demons had four players finish with double-digit totals. Junior Stacy Pando led DePaul's defense with 17 digs, while senior Ellen Hayes chipped in 16, freshman Emily McGinnis added 13 and freshman Sarah Cullen notched 12.
Game one saw the Blue Demons jump out to an 18-15 lead, but the Racers chipped away at the deficit and tied the game at 23. DePaul would score just one point before its offense stalled out and the Racers slipped to a 30-24 victory. DePaul senior outside hitter, Morgan Ingersoll, led all players with nine kills and a .562 attack percentage.
Errors plagued DePaul's offense in game two, registering12 kills but recorded 11 attack errors. The Racers on the other hand, knocked down 14 kills and registered just three errors in 43 swings. Murray State's Allie Hunt and Mugler each recorded four kills.
The Racers (7-2) continued to build on their offensive momentum in game three, taking an early 6-1 lead and never relinquished it to the chasing Blue Demons. Murray State won the final game 30-22.
Ingersoll led DePaul's offense with 15 kills for a .394 (15-2-33). Senior Deane Gibson followed with 13 kills and a match-high .414 (13-1-29) attack percentage. McGinnis dished 38 assists.
The Racers out blocked the Blue Demons eight to four with Murray State's Holly Jansen registering four solo blocks.