Zellers Notches 500th Win as Tigers Split Two Matches

Zellers Notches 500th Win as Tigers Split Two Matches

Crestview Hills, Ky. - DePauw opened the evening with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 19-25, 25-16) win over Geneva which gave Tigers' head coach Deb Zellers her 500th win, but host Thomas More rallied for a 3-2 (23-25, 16-25, 25-22, 25-16, 15-12) win in the second match. The Tigers are now 15-6 after the split.

Zellers' 500th career win came in her 22nd season and her teams have now posted a 500-251 record.

Against Geneva, Lauren Falotico and Suzanne Peters each had 12 kills, while Elisabeth Wilson followed with 10 and hit .412. Faith Rolwes assisted on 43 of DePauw's 56 kills, while Emily Beckes recorded three aces. Keely McGrath paced the Tigers' defensive effort with 24 digs with Rolwes, Haley Bitzer and Wilson each totaling three blocks.

Marissa Naples and Erica Hughes each had eight kills for Geneva (22-4), while Rachel Netherland assisted on 20 of the team's 35 kills. Naples and McKala King each had a pair of aces with Gabrielle Dickson leading with 16 digs. Naples had a team-best four blocks.

In the Thomas More match, Falotico led the Tigers with 14 kills followed by Wilson and Peters with 13 apiece. Rolwes assisted on 46 of DePauw's 54 kills, while Rachael Lenderman had five aces. McGrath had a team-high 34 digs with Falotico and Bitzer each finishing with three blocks.

Jessica Knaley and Stacy Howell each had 22 kills for 20-3 Saints with Jenna Fessler assisting on 57 of the team's 65 kills. Fessler had four of Thomas More's 11 aces with Sydney Bragg totaling three. Rachel Bronneer led with 31 digs, while Knaley had a team-high three blocks.

DePauw travels to Delaware, Ohio, for tomorrow's 7 p.m. North Coast Athletic Conference match against 25th-ranked Ohio Wesleyan.