Recap: Pirates Lose 3-0 Match at DePaul

Date: October 15, 2021

By: John Makuch

The Seton Hall women's volleyball team huddles together before a road match.

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Last night, the Seton Hall women’s volleyball team took a 3-0 loss on the road to the DePaul Blue Demons. The Pirates came into this match off a 3-0 victory against the Butler Bulldogs and hoped to continue their winnings ways in Chicago.

The first set was tight all the way through and was tied at 22-22 near the end, but DePaul finished the job. The Blue Demons took the advantage and got a Molly Murrihy ace followed by a kill by Jill Pressly to end the set, 25-23. Pressly was one of the offensive stars for DePaul, finishing the match with 12 total kills.

The second set was all DePaul, besides a stretch near the end by the Pirates. The Blue Demons were up on the Pirates 23-16, but the Pirates were able to make it a respectable 25-19. DePaul held the advantage in hitting percentage against the Pirates, as they finished with a .157 percentage over the Pirates’ .091 hitting percentage.

DePaul got better as each set went along, and the third set was no different. The Blue Demons took the third and final set by a score of 25-16, as they ended the match quickly and with efficiency. DePaul’s hitting percentage skyrocketed because they would go to .393 in the final set of the match.

Despite the score in Chicago, there were still positive performances from the stars of Seton Hall, and DePaul just outplayed the Pirates this match. Emilee Turner has continued her return, and she led the team in kills with 10, along with four blocks.

The Pirates have continued to impress on the blocking front, along with Turner, as the dynamic duo of Madison Frusha and Amanda Rachwal had themselves good days with blocks. Rachwal ended her night with seven blocks leading the team, while Frusha picked up four. Raygan Murray stepped up at the libero spot this match for the Pirates with 23 digs, as she showed great hustle and effort for some seemingly out of reach hits.

Seton Hall now falls to under .500 with a record of 10-11, along with a 2-4 conference record on the season. The Pirates have one more match on their four-match road trip before returning to South Orange, N.J. against Xavier on Oct. 22. 

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Pirates will play the second match in a back-to-back against a tough Marquette squad at 6 p.m. Marquette currently sits at the top of conference with a 6-1 record and will be a tough test for the Pirates.

However, this team has shown grit against adversity this season, and will continue to do so in their match versus the Golden Eagles.

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