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Blue Demons Struggle Against WVU

West Virginia 3, DePaul 0

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Junior outside hitter Morgan Ingersoll paced the Blue Demons with 11 kills for a .368 attack percentage, but it was not enough as the DePaul volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (30-27, 30-23, 30-26) BIG EAST Conference match to West Virginia Sunday at the WVU Coliseum.  The Mountaineers improve to 16-11 and 4-8 in conference play while the Blue Demons falls to 4-21 and 1-11 in conference action.

Hitting errors plagued the Blue Demons offense as they were never able to find their rhythm and hit a cold .050 for the match.  DePaul tallied just 37 kills in the three game set and allowed the Mountaineers to find the wood on 48 balls. UWV hit .181 and two players, Stephanie Zolna and Julie Hockenson, finished with double-digit kill totals.  Zolna led all players with 15 kills while Hockenson chipped in 13 for the day.


The Blue Demons found themselves down 16-11 in the first set, but freshman outside hitter Caitlin Callaghan served up four straight points to cut the Mountaineer lead to 16-14.  DePaul continued to chip away at the WVU lead and took a 23-22 advantage on Abby Tevis' attack error. The Blue Demons were unable to hold onto their lead as the Mountaineer offense caught on fire, tallying six kills in the final seven points of the match.  WVU won game one 30-27.


WVU offense caught on fire in the final two sets while DePaul's offense went cold. The Blue Demons hit a negative .023 in game two and .025 in the third game. The Mountianeers won game two 30-23 and the final game 30-26.


The Blue Demons registered 63 digs and were led by freshman libero Maureen Zigulich, who led all players with 17 digs. Mandi Caputo, Mandy Moorberg and Callahan each finished with double-digit dig totals for the Blue Demons.  


The Blue Demons return to the DePaul Athletic Center next weekend.  The final BIG EAST weekend brings Rutgers and Villanova to Chicago for the first time in either teams history.  On Sunday, November 13, the Blue Demons will celebrate Senior Day and honor outside hitter Mandy Moorberg and manager Kyle Sheehan.