Volleyball Hosts Louisville and Cincinnati
CHICAGO The DePaul volleyball team closes out the regular season this weekend by hosting a pair of BIG EAST Conference matches at McGrath Arena. The Blue Demons welcome No. 17 Louisville to Lincoln Park for a 7 p.m. match tonight and close out the season with 2 p.m. match with Cincinnati on Sunday.
DePaul (7-19, 2-10) celebrates Senior Day on Sunday and will highlight the accomplishments of middle blocker Stacy Pando and libero Maureen Zigulich. Pando has tallied more than 100 blocks in her career while Zigulich as registered 651 digs.
The Blue Demons enter the weekend after sweeping Georgetown on Nov. 4. Against the Hoyas, DePaul was fueled by freshman outside hitter Kyndell Highland and sophomore Sarah Cullen as the duo combined for 24 of the Blue Demons' 54 kills. For the season, Cullen leads the squad with 242 digs while Highland averages 2.35 kills per game.
Louisville and Cincinnati are long-time rivals of DePaul as they were both former Conference USA foes and all three programs moved to the BIG EAST in 2005. The Cardinals (19-4, 12-0) have won the last six meetings with the Blue Demons and hold a 16-2 series advantage. DePaul's last series win came in 2001 when the Blue Demons claimed the Conference USA Tournament title with a 3-2 victory.
Louisville's Lecia Brown leads the Cardinal defense and the nation in blocks per game. The sophomore averages 2.16 while the team stuffs 4.06 blocks per game.
Sunday's meeting with the Bearcats marks the 34th meeting between the two programs with Cincinnati holding a 21-12 advantage. The Bearcats have won the last six matches with the Blue Demon's last series win coming in 2001 at the Conference USA Tournament.
Cincinnati (17-9, 8-4) enters the weekend in third place in the BIG EAST Standings and are led by junior right side Jessie Nevitt. On the outside, Nevitt ranks among the BIG EAST leaders in attack percentage, kills and blocks per game.
DePaul freshman Christy Landschoot ranks among the best setters in the conference as she averages 11.44 assists per game for the sixth most in the league. Landschoot became the first DePaul setter since 2003 to tally more than 1000 assists and enters the weekend with 1007.