The DePaul volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-12) BIG EAST Conference match to Marquette, Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center. The Blue Demons fall to 6-21 (0-12 BIG EAST), while the Golden Eagles improve to 16-12 (5-8 BIG EAST)
MILWAUKEE - The DePaul volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-12) BIG EAST Conference match to Marquette, Sunday afternoon at the Al McGuire Center. The Blue Demons fall to 6-21 (0-12 BIG EAST), while the Golden Eagles improve to 16-12 (5-8 BIG EAST)
Marquette controlled the match with an insurmountable 49 kills and a .423 attack percentage. Ashley Beyer led all players with 15 kills and was one of four Golden Eagles to register a success rate above .400. Rabbecka Gonyo hit just under the .400 mark with 10 kills and a .389 clip.
Marquette's proficient hitting limited the Blue Demon's offensive opportunities as DePaul recorded just 22 kills. Rachel Aumann hit a team-best .400 attack percentage, and combined with Sarah Cullen and Chandler Carney for 15 kills. Sammy Geiger dished out 13 assists while Katherine Knutson and Christy Landschoot each tallied eight digs.
Unable to find an offensive rhythm in the first set, DePaul tallied eight kills, but attack errors hindered the momentum as the Blue Demons hit .069 in the frame. The Golden Eagles forced the Blue Demons out of system with a staggering 15 kills and just three miscues. Carney and Cullen were able to tag down three kills apiece before Marquette took the game one victory, 25-13.
The Blue Demon offense continued to struggle, as the Golden Eagles limited DePaul to just five kills in the second stanza. Aumann terminated the ball three times with no attack errors, while Kate Letcher also finished the frame errorless and tallied two kills on four attempts. Marquette continued to dominate offensively, and earned the 25-10 win going into break after tacking down 16 kills with only a trio of errors.
Down two games, DePaul regrouped and improved its hitting percentage to .167 as five Blue Demons recorded nine kills in the frame. Letcher paced the floor with a .286 hitting percentage, while Cullen had three put downs. The Golden Eagles kept DePaul at bay, however, and drilled down a staggering 18 kills on a .552 clip. Led by Beyer's floor-best six kills, Marquette took the final set, 25-12.
The Blue Demons return to McGrath Arena for the final weekend of the 2009 season beginning on Friday, Nov. 13 when they lead off the volleyball/women's basketball doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. (CST) against USF. Following the match, women's basketball takes the floor and opens the regular-season against Central Michigan. Senior Day will be celebrated on Sunday, when DePaul plays the final match of the season against Georgetown at 2 p.m.
With 2,372 career assists, junior Christy Landschoot inches closer to Sheila Carroll's 2,816 fourth place total on the all-time assists list.... senior outside hitter Sarah Cullen has nine double-doubles (kills-digs) this season and 37 in her career... Chandler Carney followed up her career-high 13 kills against Rutgers last Saturday with 25 against Seton Hall... Cullen leads the team with 294 kills and 291 digs... Landschoot dished out 50 assists against Seton Hall to set a new season-high... other Blue Demons to record a double-doubles include Landschoot (assists-digs) and Sammy Geiger (kills-assists)... Kate Letcher has surpassed the 10-kill total eight times this season... Cullen has reached double figures in digs during 16 matches this season to lead the squad, while Chelsea Thurlby has reached the plateau 14 times... while Lauren Blasi tops the overall blocks total with 45, Carney has recorded an impressive eight solo blocks... DePaul leads the all-time series against Marquette 28-19.