Crucial BIG EAST Matches On Tap for DePaul
Oct. 27, 2011
CHICAGO – Coming off of a straight set win against Chicago State on Tuesday night, the DePaul volleyball team looks to take that success onto the road as it travels to St. John’s on Friday and Connecticut on Sunday in two crucial BIG EAST Conference matchups.
While the Blue Demons currently stand at just 1-7 in conference action, both St. John’s and Connecticut share that same record going into the weekend. The Red Storm out of SJU collected its first league victory last Sunday when it took down Villanova, a team that DePaul had taken to five sets. The Connecticut Huskies’ only BIG EAST win came on their home court in four frames against St. John’s.
Up first for DePaul is St. John’s, a program that holds a 6-1 all-time series record against the Blue Demons. That match is scheduled for Friday at 6 p.m. in New York. DePaul’s second and final match of the weekend is set for a 1 p.m. start time against UConn in Storrs, Connecticut. The Huskies currently hold a 7-0 mark versus the Blue Demons in the all-time series.
In its Tuesday night’s win, DePaul showed its capabilities on the attack in an effort that the Blue Demons expect to carry over into the weekend. Against Chicago State, DePaul hit a commanding .390 on the night and got seven kills each from Genesis Reyes, Natalie Rizzo, and Amy Lanski. Rachel Aumann also tallied five kills, while Molly Creek and Lauren Blasi registered four and Brianna Spruill added three of her own. Sammy Geiger and Katie Gamsky rounded out the kills for DePaul as they recorded two and one, respectively.
In that match, the Blue Demons continued to execute their blocking game as they doubled up the Cougars four blocks to two. In additional, DePaul out-dug Chicago State 32 to 26 while holding the Cougars to just a .146 night offensively.
At 1-7, DePaul stands with Pittsburgh (4-5), Georgetown (4-5), West Virginia (3-6), Connecticut (1-7), St. John's (1-7), and Rutgers (1-7), as the teams that remain outside of the top eight in the BIG EAST. Only the top eight squads out of 15 qualify for the conference Tournament, held this year at Marquette. With only six BIG EAST matches remaining, the Blue Demons look to go on a substantial run to close out their 2011 regular season.