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CHICAGO- The DePaul volleyball team will open its final Conference USA season this weekend, hosting No. 21 Louisville and Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday, respectively.  Matches are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. at the DePaul Athletic Center.

Since 1999, the Blue Demons hold a 5-4 record during the opening weekend, however the four looses have come at the hands of Louisville and Cincinnati.  Louisville holds a 13-2 series advantage, while Cincinnati has won 20 of the 35 meetings. 

DePaul (7-9) leads C-USA averaging 17.40 digs per game.  Sophomore Ellen Hayes leads the team averaging 3.63 digs per game.  On Wednesday, Hayes notched a season and career high 30-digs against Valparaiso.  30-digs in a match, is the most by a DePaul player since the Blue Demons entered
C-USA in 1995.

No. 21 Louisville Cardinals
Friday, October 1, 2004 - 7:00 p.m.
The Cardinals (9-2) are currently the only member of C-USA mentioned in last weeks USA Today/CSTV Coaches Top 25 Poll.  Earlier this season Louisville posted a 3-1 win over No. 9 Pepperdine, but it was two other ranked teams, No. 19 Arizona and No. 24 Tennessee, that handed the Cardinals their lone losses of the season. 

Louisville, was the favorite in the preseason coaches poll and leads the league in team hitting percentage (.296), blocks (3.39 per game) and kills (16.64 per game).  Junior middle blocker Jennifer Hoffman is tops in the league averaging 1.67 blocks per game.  

Last week Louisville went 1-1, falling to No. 24 Tennessee 3-1, and defeated Xavier 3-0.

Saturday, October 2, 2004 - 7:00 p.m.
The Bearcats (7-6) were slated to finish second behind Louisville in the C-USA Coaches Preseason Poll.   Cincinnati is led by preseason player of the year, senior Julie Dupont who averages 4.96 kills per game. Junior Maria Pongonis follows averaging 3.16 kills per game. 

Last week the Bearcats snapped their six match loosing streak, defeating Butler 3-1 and swept IUPUI, 3-0.

Hitting the Road
DePaul will hit the road the next two weekends, traveling to Marquette Friday, October 8 and UAB and USF Friday and Saturday October 15-16. 

Returning Home
The Blue Demons will return to the DePaul Athletic Center, Friday and Saturday October 22-23.  DePaul will take on TCU on Friday and Houston on Saturday.  Prior to the match on Saturday the Blue Demons will host Alumnae Night.  A pre-game reception will be held in the Alumni Room in the DePaul Athletic Center (second floor) will begin at 5:30 for the alumnae and their families.  Alumnae will also be honored in between games two and three.

Success in North Carolina
The Blue Demons captured the Mizuno Wildcat Classic Crown on September 5th in Davidson N.C.  DePaul defeated Florida Atlantic (3-0), Virginia Commonwealth (3-1) and host Davidson (3-0) to earn the championship honors.  The team averaged 16.90 kills, 16.10 assists and 21.20 digs during their three matches.

Goreham Gathers Honors
Senior Middle Blocker, Janet Goreham was named the MVP of the Mizuno Wildcat Classic in Davidson, N.C.  The senior compiled a .425 hitting percentage and tallied 38 kills and digs, 16 total blocks and three service aces over during the tournament.   At the Blue Demon Invitational September 17-18 Goreham was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 4.0 kills per game and notching 13 total blocks. 

Down on Dig
The Blue Demons are ranked first in C-USA in digs per game.  DePaul is averaging 17.64 digs per game. Ellen Hayes leads the team and averages 3.63 digs per game and is ranked eighth in C-USA.

More from Moorberg
Junior outside hitter Mandy Moorberg leads the team in total kills, tallying 214 putaways. She is also averaging a team high 3.69 kills per game.  Moorberg holds the team’s season best for most kills in a match (25), most attempts (61), most points (26.5), and most service aces (7). She was also named to the All-Tournament team at the IPFW Invitational.

Ace in the Hole
Junior Mandy Moorberg found the defensive holes in the Eastern Illinois defense, notching a season and career high seven service aces.  The team notched 11 total aces.

Eye on 1,000
Senior Amy Holmes is on the verge of 1,000 career digs.  Prior to the 2004 season she had registered 697 digs and this season, and has 205 this season.  Holmes is averaging 12.8 digs per match which paces her to record her 1,000th dig against Houston on October, 23rd.  

Thirsty for 30
On September 29, 2004 sophomore Ellen Hayes notched a season and career high 30-digs against Valparaiso.  The 30-digs in a match, is the most by a DePaul player since the Blue Demons entered Conference USA in 1995.

Finding the Hitter
Senior setter Amie West set a new career best and a C-USA season high mark when she “assisted” 71 hitters find the wood against Virginia Commonwealth.  West has accumulated 3,294 career assist and is in sole possession of the No. 3 for most career assists.  Michelle Vonderheide (1989-1992) is second, she amassed 6,278 assist in her career. 

Road Block
DePaul sophomore middle blocker Denae Gibson tallied six of the teams 10 solo blocks September 24, against Evansville.  Individually, Gibson tallied seven of DePaul’s 16 total team blocks.  Ellen Hayes, Morgan Ingersoll, Amy Holmes, Janet Goreham, and Mandy Moorberg also recorded at least one block assist during the match.

The Amie’s
Seniors Amy Holmes and Amie West were named to the Mizuno Wildcat Classic All-Tournament roster. Holmes finished the weekend with 37 kills, 48 digs and two blocks.  West averaged 15 assists per game and tallied 135 assists over 10 games.

October Birthdays
The Blue Demons will celebrate four birthday’s during the month of October, Aly Zavitz (10/3), Stacy Pando (10/17), Mandy Moorberg (10/23) and Denae Gibson (10/29).

Undefeated Demons
DePaul opened it season with a perfect 4-0 record for the first time since the 2001 season.  The 2001 team started the season 9-0 and finished with a 24-9 record and made the program’s second NCAA Tournament appearance.

The Class of 2008
Redshirt freshman Aly Zavitz was joined by true freshmen Mandi Caputo, Stacy Pando and Maureen Zigulich this season.  Zavitz and Pando are middle blockers, Caputo a setter and Zigulich becomes DePaul first true libero.