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Landschoot Leads Blue Demons to Victory Over Bradley



CHICAGO DePaul setter Christy Landschoot piloted her squad to a season-best .359 (47-14-92) attack percentage as the Blue Demons defeated Bradley, 3-0 (25-21, 25-20, 25-19) Tuesday at McGrath Arena.  DePaul has won its last two matches and improve to 6-21, while Bradley falls to 5-23.

Landschoot dominated the match with her precision setting and unstoppable defense.  Landschoot dished out 40 assists while she recorded a team-high 10 digs and added two blocks.  The dynamic duo of Sarah Cullen and Jacie Fiedler paced the Blue Demon offensive attack.  Cullen led the floor with 13 kills, while Fiedler dominated the net with a team-best .588 (11-1-17) attack percentage.   Molly Creek and Landschoot also finished with hitting percentages of .400.

With the Blue Demons swinging well, the first set was highlighted with big swings and thunderous kills. After trading points in the early portions of the first frame, Bradley took an 8-6 lead on a kill by Megan Schmidt.  The Braves sustained their two point advantage until a pair of Bradley attack errors allowed the Blue Demons to knot the stanza at 13.

The two teams continued to trade points as the set was tied six more times before the Blue Demons took a two point advantage on a pair of Bradley attack errors at the 21-19 mark.  With momentum swinging in DePaul’s favor, Bradley was forced to call the first timeout of the set.

Coming out of the break, the Braves put away a pair of balls to tie the stanza at 21.  With the set knotted, the Blue Demons capitalized on a service error and took their final lead of the set.  DePaul closed out its 25-21 set one victory on kills from Kate Letcher and Fiedler. Fiedler and Cullen accounted for nine of the team’s 17 first-set kills.

The second set mirrored the first as there were six ties before the Blue Demons were able to take control of frame.   Tied a 10, Letcher responded with a kill that gave DePaul its final advantage of the set.  The Blue Demons cruised to a 15-11 lead behind the strong service arm of Kyndell Highland.  Highland put an exclamation point on the DePaul’s run with a service ace for the Blue Demons’ 15th point.

Bradley battled and closed the gap, at 20-18 on a DePaul service error.  Not wanting to surrender their lead, the Blue Demons clamped down on their defense at the net and came up with three huge blocks to take a 24-18 advantage.   Fiedler gave DePaul a 25-20 victory with her second kill of the stanza.

Cullen and Highland had a colossal impact in the final frame as the pair accounted 10 of DePaul’s 17 kills.  After the Blue Demons raced out to an 8-2 advantage, Bradley fought back and tied the third set at 13.  A Bradley kill and DePaul attack error gave the Braves a 15-13 lead and forced the Blue Demons to call a timeout.

Following the break, the Blue Demons quickly tied the frame on kills from Fiedler and Highland.  With the set tied at 15, Landschoot blocked a Bradley attempt in the middle of the net that gave DePaul its final advantage.  DePaul closed out the match on a 10-4 run and won the final set 25-19.

Caitlin Staib and Schmidt led Bradley with nine kills, while Rachelle Dejean led the defense with eight digs.

The Blue Demons close out their 2008 season with a pair of BIG EAST Conference matches this weekend.  DePaul welcomes Connecticut on Friday for a 7 p.m. match, while St. John’s is in Lincoln Park for a 2 p.m. match on Sunday.  Prior to the first serve on Sunday, DePaul will celebrate Senior Day and Caitlin Callaghan.  Callaghan, the only senior on the roster, enters the weekend with 415 kills and 830 digs.

Match Notes: Sarah Cullen has registered double-digit kills in the last 12 matches while she has finished 25 of DePaul’s 27 matches with double figure kills.... Christy Landschoot’s 40 assists was a season-high for a three-set match...  DePaul’s 47 team kills is the most in a three  set match this season... with the win, DePaul has won five of the 21 series meetings with Bradley.