Blue Demons Set for BIG EAST Road Trip
Oct. 6, 2011
CHICAGO – After three straight weeks on its home court, the DePaul volleyball team travels east this weekend for its first BIG EAST Conference road matches of the season. The Blue Demons first head to West Virginia to take on the Mountaineers on Friday night at 6 p.m. before making the trek to face off against Pittsburgh in a 1 p.m. match on Sunday.
The Blue Demons head into the weekend with a 4-13 overall record and a 1-3 mark in conference action. Last Friday, DePaul took on visiting Louisville in the McGrath-Phillips Arena. The Cardinals (12-4, 4-0), three-time defending BIG EAST Conference Tournament champion, took down the Blue Demons in straight sets despite a strong DePaul rally in the third frame. Following the Friday match, the Blue Demons welcomed Cincinnati (12-6, 4-0) on Sunday and dropped their third BIG EAST match of the season.
This weekend, DePaul looks to get back on track in conference action.
“We had two solid practices back-to-back between [Tuesday] and [Wednesday] and I think the team is really excited for the weekend,” DePaul head coach Nadia Edwards said. “We match up very well against West Virginia.”
Edwards noted that the Blue Demons are “expecting some good matches this weekend against West Virginia and Pittsburgh.” She continued, “We’re on the road and when we’re on the road, we need to make sure that we bring all of our weapons.”
DePaul has made convincing, late-match runs as of late, but the Blue Demons look to get out of the gate quicker this weekend. “We’ve emphasized to the girls that every point is equal,” Edwards said. “Whether it’s the first point of the set or the 15th, we just need to come out of the shoot and put our best foot forward.”
The Blue Demons are 2-5 all-time against the Mountaineers and are winless in eight all-time matches against the Panthers. DePaul expects freshman Amy Lanski to continue contributing on offense as the Ventura, Calif., native currently leads the squad in kills with 179. The Blue Demons also look to junior libero Kelsey Bowler to anchor the defense as she leads DePaul in digs this season with 237.