Amanda Haeg Leads DU to 3-0 Sweep of URI
Nov. 5, 2004
Sophomore Amanda Haeg tied the match lead nailing 16 kills en route to a 3-0 (30-28, 30-24, 30-27) Atlantic 10 sweep over visiting Rhode Island Friday night at the Palumbo Center. Junior Stephanie Hopkins led the match with 20 digs and added 12 kills while senior Erin Trageser notched a double-double with 16 digs and 11 kills. Junior Diana Wuebker added 14 kills and two aces and setter Kristin Garnett notched 48 assists.
The win puts the Dukes 13-14 overall, 5-6 in the Atlantic 10 while URI falls to 8-15 overall, 3-8 in league play.
Rhode Island's Kaleena Miller led the squad with 16 kills and added 12 digs. Abby Thornbladh led the match with eight blocks.
The Rams took an early 8-5 lead and extended it to a 15-9 edge racking up five-straight points before the Dukes inched their way into a 16-15 reach. Wuebker's dump knotted the game at 21-21 and DU took its first lead (23-22) on a Rhode Island ball handling error. Up 28-22, Duquesne saw the Rams tie the contest on a kill, block and two DU hitting errors, but Haeg gave DU a 29-28 edge and a URI hitting error sealed the fate on game one for a 30-28 margin.
Game two saw the Dukes grab a 16-13 edge after a kill and three consecutive Rhode Island hitting errors and they would extend the lead to a 21-16 margin led by Hopkins' two kills. Rhode Island would not get closer than a four-point reach thereafter. The Rams committed four service errors down the later stretch and Trageser took the game point with a kill. The game saw six ties and five lead changes, but the Dukes held the edge in accuracy hitting .275 (17-6-40) to .116 (13-8-43).
The Rams took a 3-0 edge with a kill and two aces before the Dukes tied the contest at 3-3 for the first of 15 total times. DU served for five straight points for an 8-4 margin and would lead 10-6 afterward. The Rams inched into a 9-10 reach and regained a 12-11 lead on two kills and a DU hitting error. The lead switched hands several times before a four-point URI rally gave the visitor a 22-20 lead. Four ties and three lead changes followed with the Rams holding a 25-24 edge. Wuebker hit back-to-back kills to spark a 4-0 spree to give DU a 28-25 lead to set up the 30-27 final.
The Dukes entered the weekend tied with Fordham, the Dukes' Saturday opponent, for fourth place in the A-10. The win helped DU hold onto at least fourth. Fordham played at George Washington tonight.