The Blue Demons dropped a 3-1 match to Syracuse Sunday afternoon. DePaul will have the week off before returning to conference play next weekend when they travel to Connecticut and St. John's.
Syracuse 3, DePaul 1
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The DePaul volleyball team dropped its third straight BIG EAST competition Sunday, falling to Syracuse 3-1 (28-30, 30-18, 30-17, 30-13) at the Manly Field House. Syracuse improves to 11-6, 3-1, while the Blue Demons fall to 3-11, 0-3.
For the second straight match junior Ellen Hayes led the DePaul offense. The junior tallied 14 kills for a .458 attack percentage. Two other Blue Demons finished with double-digit kills, junior Morgan Ingersoll finished with 12 kills while, freshman Cristina Correa registered 11 kills.
The Blue Demons opened the match with a 30-28 victory over the Orange. DePaul and Syracuse exchanged the lead six times and knotted the score another 12. Tied at 26, the Blue Demons took advantage of an Orange service error and Ingersoll connected on her eighth kill of the game to give DePaul a 28-26 advantage. The Blue Demons closed out the game four points later with a 30-28 victory.
Syracuse's hit .419 while holding the Blue Demons to a .079 in game two. The Orange opened the game on a 10-4 run and never relinquished their lead, winning game two 30-18.
The Orange continued their hard hitting offense in game three. Kelly Duan lead Syracuse with nine kills and a .900 attack percentage while three other players finished the game with attack percentages over .500 for the Orange.
The Blue Demons were unable to regroup their offense falling 30-13 in game four. Hayes and Correa combined for seven of the Blue Demons 11 kills, but Syracuse tallied 17 kills to win game three.
Defensively, Syracuse senior Katie Allen recorded a career-high 11 block assists, helping the Orange to a season best 16 total blocks.
For DePaul, Mandi Caputo led the defense with 10 digs and Hayes followed with seven. Caputo also dished out 45 assists.
DePaul will be back in action next weekend, traveling to BIG EAST schools Connecticut and St. John's. The Blue Demons will tangle with UConn on Saturday and St. John's on Sunday, both matches begin at 1:00 p.m. (CST).