Aug. 31, 2019 (Chicago, Ill.)- The DePauw University volleyball team fell just shy of earning their second win of the Gargoyle Classic, losing 3-0 to the University of Chicago Maroons (25-23, 25-16, 25-23).
The two teams came in evenly matched, both with a record of 1-1 and each falling victim to UW-Stevens Point in day one of the tournament. In set one the Tigers found themselves down 3-8, unable to string successful volleys in their favor.
DePauw utilized a time-out midway through the set to ice the Maroons offensive onslaught. Thanks to Grace Filbrun's well-placed serves and cross-court kills by Liv Hartman the Tigers' successfully got back into the game.
Unfortunately, University of Chicago's Mikayla Hardy and Anne Marie Stifter had an answer for every play on the ball closing out the first match with a nail-biting 25-23 loss.
The Tigers came back in the second set strong, creating a net-front presence that would put them up 6-1 early. Despite their dominance at the beginning of the set DePauw let the Maroons back into the match and were unable to recover once the University of Chicago took the lead, resulting in a 25-16 loss of set two.
DePauw once again found themselves down 2-6; however, they managed to keep their heads long enough to claw their way back into the third set. Significant plays on the ball by Sera Little and Allie Frymire gave the Tigers a fighting chance late in the set.
DePauw's efforts to force a fourth set came up just short, however, finishing yet again 23-25. Though the Tigers fell to the Maroons, their ability to reduce their attack errors and rally multiple times throughout the match showcases DePauw's versatility and persistence. Attributes that will play significant roles as they continue their season.
Though finishing the Gargoyle Tournament with a record of 1-2, one Tiger, senior Morgan Stearley made an impact throughout the tournament earning her a spot on the All-Tournament team. Finishing the tournament with a total of 34 kills and an attack percentage of.247, Stearley is right on track with last years strong statistical accolades.
DePauw will be back on the road next week as they play in the MIAA/ NCAC Crossover in Lansing, Mich. from Sept. 6-7. Match one is scheduled to be played at 7 p.m. against Hope College.