No. 14 Duke Downs Miami, 3-0
Sept. 30, 2007
CORAL GABLES, Fla. –Miami volleyball dropped its second match of the weekend, 3-0, to No. 14 Duke Sunday afternoon at the Knight Sports Complex. Genny Mayhew led the Hurricanes with 16 kills and eight digs in a losing effort while Rachael Moss and Carrie DeMange each finished with 17 kills for Duke.
“Overall, I was a little disappointed in our effort on the defensive end of the ball,” head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. “Offensively we did some nice things. We ran a better offense today, we were able to get a lot more one-on-one opportunities to score but defensively we needed to be able to slow them down.”
Miami drops to 8-6 on the season and 2-3 in ACC action while Duke improves to 10-3 overall and 5-0 in league play.
Ashley Woods hit a team-best .625, finishing with 10 kills on 16 attempts without committing an error while Mayhew, who recorded just three errors on 38 attempts, hit .342 on the afternoon.
Cassie Loessberg tied Mayhew with a team-high eight digs while Bridget Bomhack and Katie Gallagher finished with six and four respectively. Gallagher also finished the day with 34 assists and three kills.
Four Blue Devils finished with double-figure kills led by Moss and DeMange while Sue Carls and Jourdan Norman each had 10. Ali Hausfeld set up the Blue Devil offense with 47 assists while Jenny Shull tallied a match-high 14 digs. Norman, in addition to her contribution offensively, finished with two solo blocks and two block assists.
The Blue Devils got out to a 20-12 lead in game one before a 13-6 UM run cut the Duke lead to 26-25. From there, Duke was able to win the final four points to take the 30-25 game one win. In the second game, Duke was out to an early 5-4 lead before going on a 15-6 run to take a 20-9 lead. UM cut the lead to 25-18 before the Blue Devils took five of the final six points. In game three, Duke got out early in game three and never looked back, eventually winning 30-19 to clinch the match.
The `Canes will return to action next weekend when the second half of their four-match ACC homestand continues with Clemson and Georgia Tech visiting the Knight Sports Complex. UM will take on the Tigers Friday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. before hosting the Yellow Jackets Sunday, Oct. 7 at 12 p.m.