Volleyball Takes La Salle 3-1
Oct. 29, 2004
For the second time this season, the La Salle Explorer volleyball team stumbled against the Duquesne Dukes on Friday night at Tom Gola Arena. This time, the Explorers lost 3-1 to the Dukes and dropped to 8-18 overall and 1-7 in the Atlantic 10, while the Dukes improve to 12-13 and 4-5.
It was all Duquesne in games one and two, as the Dukes sprung to a 13 point lead in game one, at 25-12. Duquesne never looked back as they cruised to an easy 30-20 win. Game two started out much the same way, as Duquesne built an 18-11 lead before the Explorers called a time out. Following the time out, La Salle scored the next point but could only closed the gap to five points at 24-19 and 20-25, before Duquesne put game two away at 30-23.
Game three was much tighter but the Explorers fell behind four points at 14-10. Coach Dave Stever called a time out and La Salle fell behind two more points after the talk. But the Explorers rallied and narrowed the margin to two at 19-17. Duquesne increased its lead again to five, but La Salle again got the game to within two points. The Explorers tied the game at 26-26 and eventually took the lead at 29-28. The Explorers blocked Duquesne's next shot and the block fell just inside the back corner of the court to give La Salle the 30-28 win.
Although game four started out close, the Dukes earned a five point lead at 15-10 and La Salle never recovered, falling 30-21 to give Duquesne the match.
The Explorers were led on offense by sophomore Samantha Takacs (Columbus, OH/Bishop Watterson) who drilled a match-high 17 kills on the Dukes. Junior Abby Means (Stevens, PA/Cocalico) knocked down 13 kills, while Lauren Woods (Akron, OH/Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy) and freshman Erin Sullivan (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) each contributed 10 kills. Setter Amanda Woods (Cincinnati, OH/McNicholas) assisted on 53 La Salle kills in the match.
On defense, senior Caitlin DeJong (Lansing, IL/Marian Catholic) led all players with 24 digs, followed by Sullivan with 16. Amanda Woods also recorded 13 digs in the loss.
At the net, Means and Woods tallied four and three assisted blocks respectively, while junior Kara Branz (Streator, IL/Streator Township) led La Salle in blocks with one solo and three assisted.
Duquesne's Amanda Haeg (New Prague, MN/New Prague) led the Dukes with 16 kills, followed by Diana Wuebker (St. Henry, OH/St. Henry) with 14. Freshman Jenni Gross turned in a .458 hitting performance, landing 13 kills on 24 attempts with just two errors.
On defense, Ashley Macko (Pittsburgh, PA/South Park) earned 17 digs, while Wuebker added 13 and Karisa Decker (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny) totaled 12 digs. At the net, Wuebker also recorded Duquesne's lone solo block of the match to go along with three assisted blocks.