DURHAM – The Duke volleyball staff closed out the Duke Invitational Saturday with a 3- sweep (25-17, 25-22, 25-9) above College of Charleston in Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the victory, the Blue Devils improve to 6-, their best start out because 2002.
“This weekend was an possibility to play groups that we do not see in the ACC,” head coach Jolene Nagel mentioned. “You’re not scheduling just for wins … you might be scheduling to participate in towards groups who will do effectively in their possess conferences. [I’m] genuinely happy of my workforce this weekend. This staff is on a mission. A good deal of our seniors have performed considering that they had been freshmen, as well as our juniors, so they have a large amount of expertise on the court docket. Not only are they juniors and seniors, but they’re leaders. The total staff has labored actually tricky in their lifestyle, their cohesiveness and their motivation.”
As a crew, Duke registered a time-ideal hitting proportion (.429) with just eight assault problems and was led by junior Gracie Johnson and rookie Rachel Richardson with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Johnson also led the group on the defensive finish with 12 digs, two blocks and four aces to assistance restrict the Cougars to just a .110 clip. Richardson strike a whopping .692 % as setter Alex Springate dished 31 assists as she uncovered 10 distinctive Blue Devils.
Duke bought off to a incredibly hot begin, hitting .429 in the to start with established as the Blue Devils’ offense disrupted the Cougars on both of those sides of the ball.
Duke’s provide helped force them to a 2nd-set victory with Johnson registering four aces in the course of vital times of the match. All tied at 15, Faculty of Charleston went on a 4- run to acquire a 19-15 lead, forcing Nagel into her to start with timeout of the established. Johnson’s back again-to-back again aces assisted spearhead a 7- Duke operate to direct 23-19. The Cougars attempted to reply, but senior Lily Cooper’s solo block to conclude the established gave Duke a 2- guide heading into the third.
Duke definitely dominated in the 3rd, converting on 17 of its 21 assault attempts with zero glitches to hit a stellar .810 percent. Setter Camille Nazor stepped in and dished seven assists as Duke was firing on all cylinders to set the Cougars on their heels with a unfavorable hitting proportion.
Higher education of Charleston was led by Gabi Bailey with 8 kills.
Mackenzie Cole, Lizzie Fleming and Springate had been named to the Duke Invitational All-Match team alongside Taylor Nomanson (Miami [OH]), Sophie Riermersma (Miami [OH]), Gabi Bailey (Col. Of Charleston) and Essence Bell (Howard).
The Blue Devils will journey to the state of Michigan for the Large 10/ACC Challenge Sept. 10-11. Duke will just take on No. 23 Michigan Friday just before Michigan State Saturday.