Dukes Edge Host San Jose State, 3-2
Sept. 12, 2003
San Jose, Calif. - Duquesne's women's volleyball held off a surging San Jose State to win their first match at the San Jose State/ Crowne Plaza Volleyball Invitational by a 3-2 score (36-34, 30-21, 23-30, 26-30, 15-13) Friday afternoon. Junior Ashley Macko paced the Dukes' attack with 21 kills and 19 digs.
The Dukes took the first game in overtime, 36-34, and then more easily grabbed the second contest by a 30-21 score to go up two games to none in the best of five match. But the host Spartans weren't about to let the Dukes get away easily as they won the next two games, 30-23 and 30-26, to force the fifth and deciding game.
DU went up 7-3 in the early moments of the final game only to see SJSU come back and take a 12-11 lead on a kill by Dana Rudd. The Dukes retied the game at 13-13 on kill by sophomore Stephanie Hopkins from senior Sarah Brown's assist. A block by senior Sarah Morrow and Hopkins followed by a service ace by freshman Avery Dunn clinched the match for the Dukes.
Hopkins had 13 kills and a team-best 23 digs while Morrow added 11 kills, 16 digs and a game-best eight blocks. Three other Dukes had four blocks each as the squad recorded a season-best 17 blocks on the afternoon.
San Jose State, which is now 1-5, was led Kimberly Noble with 28 kills and Jessie Shull with 28 digs. Allison Dillon was the third Spartan with game-best numbers with 61 assists.
Duquesne, which raised it's record to 5-4, faces Cal State Northridge (3-3) Saturday at 4:00 p.m. EDT in their second contest of the tournament and then faces the Spartans again at 10:00 p.m. to close out the event in northern California.
CS Northridge defeated SJSU 3-0 (30-2, 30-22, 30-25) in the other match on Friday.