Volleyball Heads to Texas
CHICAGO- The Blue Demon Volleyball squad will head to Texas this Halloween weekend, looking for more treats than tricks. DePaul is hoping to treat themselves to a pair of wins against Conference USA opponents TCU and Houston. The Blue Demons will face off against TCU on Friday, October 31st at 7:00 pm and Houston at 7:30 on Saturday, November 1st.
“We had a great week of practice,” Head Coach Dawn Dockstader said. “We need to get a pair of wins this weekend to stay competitive in the conference race.”
The Blue Demons have been struggling, losing four of their last seven matches. Last week they dropped a pair of matches to C-USA rivals Saint Louis and Memphis. DePaul is currently in 11th place, heading into the final three weeks of conference play. Ultimately, they are looking for an invitation to the conference tournament hosted by Tulane University the end of November. The top 12 teams will receive invitations.
DePaul will face seventh-place TCU who is 17-8 overall and 3-4 in C-USA on Friday. TCU split their matches last weekend, falling to USF, but defeated UAB in five games. Junior Ellen Reham led the Horned Frogs with 26 kills for a .418 attack percentage against UAB. Reham on the season averages 4.15 kills per game and a .296 attack percentage.
The Blue Demons will travel to Houston on Saturday morning for a 7:30 pm match. Houston, 7-14 overall and 3-4 C-USA, also split their last two matches, defeating USF but fell to UAB. Cinthia Piva averaged 4.7 kills and 3.2 digs per game last weekend.
For the Blue Demons, junior Janet Goreham notched two double digit kill matches last weekend. Against Memphis she had a team high 12 kills and a .385 hitting percentage. She also added eight total blocks on the weekend.
DePaul will return from their road trip on Sunday, November 2nd and begin preparing for their final three home matches. DePaul’s next home match will be Friday, November 7th at 7:00 pm at the Athletic Center against UAB.
The Blue Demons hit a season high against the UIC Flames on Tuesday, September 16th as a team they hit .434. The last time a DePaul team hit over .400 was against East Carolina, October 12, 2002.
Junior Janet Goreham leads the Blue Demons with a .294 hitting percentage. Goreham has 206 kills on the season and only 57 errors. Senior Janet Cotter leads the Blue Demons in total kills recording 324 kills while sophomore Mandy Moorberg trails her with 306 kills.
Senior Lara Marks leads the Blue Demons and is ranked third in C-USA averaging 1.28 blocks per game and has recorded 117 blocks this season. Marks has also moved up to second on DePaul’s all-time career block assists adding 96 assists this season to the 232 she had prior to the 2003 season. Marks is also tied for fifth on the all-time career block solo list. She has tallied 84 block solos in her career.
Getting Down on the Ball
Since beginning C-USA play the Blue Demons have dominated on defense. They are averaging a league high 18.40 digs per game. Junior Amy Holmes ranks third in conference play getting down on 4.44 balls per game.
The Blue Demons made a defensive stop against UW-Green Bay recording a season high 102 digs. Red shirt freshman Ellen Hayes lead the defensive show notching a season and career high 29 digs. Four other Blue Demons recorded double digit dig totals during the UW- Green Bay match.
Setting People Up
All-Tournament Team Honors