This weekend at the DePaul Athletic Center, the Blue Demons welcome two conferences matches.
Friday, October 18 – Tulane 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 19 – Southern Miss 7 p.m.
CHICAGO – The Blue Demons look forward to the home court advantage as they host
two Conference USA matches in the Athletic Center. After a 2-1 week on the road,
DePaul comes home to face Tulane and Southern Miss this Friday and Saturday.
Coach Dockstader and the team look to carry over the momentum gained from their last
"Offensively, we really came together against East Carolina. I was really pleased at the
way we played so efficiently and balanced. We took control right away. I expect to
build off that match this weekend."
Friday and Saturday will prove to be challenges for DePaul. The Blue Demons are 1-3 in
conference and hope to do some damage this weekend against two tough C-USA teams.
"We need to continue to attack successfully," says Dockstader. "Tulane is very
dangerous offensively. They have one of the top hitters in C-USA, Britney Hurst, who is
playing at an incredibly high level."
"Southern Miss is obviously having a really great year. They're a well coached team that
plays with a lot of energy right now."
Tulane is coached by Betsy Becker in her fourth season. The Green Wave has seen a
successful year as they enter this weekend with a 12-10 record. Leading the team
offensively is Britney Hurst. Hurst is second in the conference for kills per game,
averaging 5.40/gm. She posted 16 kills and an attack percentage of .379 in Tulane's
match against Centenary earlier this week. Deva Fowler is also a force at the net. Fowler
has put down 217 kills this season for the Green Wave. Setting for the squad is Kelli
Dickson who's efforts gained 41 assists in their match versus Centenary.
Southern Miss is another team traveling the South that will raise the level of competition
this weekend. The Golden Eagles are coached by Santiago Restrepo in his second year.
The team enters with a 11-9 overall record. Heading up the offense is Andrea Bush who
is in the top ten C-USA individual leaders for kills per game. Bush averages 4.27 kills a
game and will keep the Blue Demons on their toes. Bridget Files has contributed 265
kills to the Golden Eagles this season as well as 88 blocks. Running the front line is
Crystal Zane whose 31 assists helped top Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Monday.