Week in Review 9/10/12

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Cross Country

After respective ninth and 12th-place finishes at the Big East Championships last season, the men’s and women’s teams looked to start off 2012 with a bang at the Elmhurst College Early Bird Invitational Aug. 31 in Elmhurst, Ill.

Junior Eddie McDaniel finished in fourth place overall and led the men to a second place showing, behind North Central College. Juniors Ian Sanchez and Herald Alvarez each had top-10 finishes for the Blue Demons.

On the women’s side, sophomore Jacqueline Kasal led DePaul to a third-place showing, crossing the finish line in 14th. One of the surprises was the 28th-place finish of freshman Molly Shiroishi in her first race as a Blue Demon.

The men and women will be heading to South Bend Sept. 14 to participate in the National Catholic Championship.

Volleyball

DePaul evened its record at 3-3 with a five-set victory over UT Martin in the finale of the First State Skyhawk Invitational Saturday, Sept. 1.

The Blue Demons lost the first set 24-26, and were down 1-2 after losing the third. But the women dug deep and won the next two sets to finish the tournament with two wins and a loss.

Junior Vesela Zapryanova had a career-high 20 kills to go along with 19 digs to lead DePaul in the most exciting match of the tournament. Zapryanova and junior teammate Allyson Rooks were each named to the All-Tournament Team.

Basketball

The schedules for DePaul men’s and women’s basketball have been released with only a few short months to go before the season gets underway.

The men’s team opens against Gardener-Webb University at Allstate Arena on Nov. 15. Five days later, the Blue Demons take on mid-major powerhouse Wichita State in a nationally televised matchup. The Big East portion of the schedule begins on Jan. 2 against Seton Hall, a team that DePaul crushed 86-58 to close out 2012.

The women begin the season against Nicholls State in the Maggie Dixon Classic. The Big East schedule starts against Louisville on Jan 5. From Feb. 10 to Feb. 26, the Blue Demons have five consecutive games on national television.
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