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Volleyball Falls to No. 21 Louisville
Mandy Moorberg tallied 16 kills but it was not enough as the Blue Demons fell to No. 21 Louisville 3-1 (30-25, 19-30, 16-30, 26-30), Friday night at the DePaul Athletic Center.
CHICAGO- DePaul junior Mandy Moorberg tallied 16 kills but it was not enough as the Blue Demons fell to No. 21 Louisville 3-1 (30-25, 19-30, 16-30, 26-30), Friday night at the DePaul Athletic Center. DePaul falls to 7-10 on the season and 0-1 in Conference USA play, while Louisville improves to 10-2 and 1-0 in C-USA.
“We came out tonight on the offensive and played good volleyball,” DePaul head coach Dawn Dockstader said. “I am particularly pleased with the offensive performance of Amy Holmes. Amy brought a level of intensity tonight that was contagious and she was able to set the tone on the floor.”
The Blue Demons and Louisville were knotted at 17 in game-one but DePaul put together a 9-3 run to take a 26-20 advantage. During the six point swing the Blue Demons strung together six kills and capitalized on three Cardinal hitting errors. Holmes sealed up the first game on a kill fed to her by senior setter, Amie West. DePaul took game-one 30-26.
The Cardinals took game-two convincingly, 30-19. Louisville recorded 20 kills and a .559 team hitting percentage. Bing Sun led Louisville with six kills.
Returning from the break the Blue Demons found themselves down 4-17 in the third game but went on a 7-3 run to pull within nine points. However, the deficit was too much to make-up and DePaul dropped game-three 30-16.
The Cardinals and Blue Demons swapped four lead changed and brushed off 12 tie scores before Louisville was able to take the lead at 24-23 and the game-four and the match 30-26.
Louisville finished with five players in double-digit kill totals. Lena Ustymenko led all players with 18 kills.
DePaul sophomore libero Ellen Hayes led all players with 25 digs.
“Ellen put on a defensive clinic tonight,” Dockstader said. “She was fearless on the floor and was able to keep us in many rallies tonight.”
The Blue Demons will look for confidence and intensity tomorrow when they face C-USA foe Cincinnati. The Saturday evening match at the DePaulAthleticCenter is scheduled to begin at