Dukes Volleyball Takes Rhode Island in Four Games
Nov. 15, 2002
Duquesne volleyball (17-12, 6-7) posted a 3-1 (30-27, 30-23, 26-30, 30-28) Atlantic 10 victory over visiting Rhode Island (10-16, 6-7) Friday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Four Dukes hit double-figure kills led by sophomore Ashley Macko with 16 and junior Sarah Morrow with 14 kills.
Rhode Island's Kaleena Miller led the match with 23 kills and she tied its lead with 17 digs.
Sophomore Erin Trageser added 11 kills and 11 digs for the Dukes while freshman Diana Wuebker landed 10 kills and a match- and career-best nine blocks. Senior Jacqui Gerlach tied the match lead with 17 digs and added eight kills. The Dukes collected 18 team blocks in the match.
Duquesne bounced back from an 11-4 deficit in game one to tie the contest 14-14, but the Rams inched their way back to a lead, which they extended to a 22-18 advantage. The Dukes served for four straight points to knot the game at 23-23 before URI grabbed a 25-23 edge. The Dukes then went up 26-25, followed by a 26-26 tie. The Dukes then snagged a 29-26 margin and the lead for good.
Game two saw the Dukes extend their 10-7 edge to a 16-7 lead serving five points straight. They would not let Rhode Island closer than a six-point reach (17-9) before going up 22-12. The game saw 12 consecutive side outs afterward with the Red & Blue holding a 28-20 lead. Rhode Island served to a 23-29 deficit before Diana Wuebker and Sarah Morrow teamed up for the block assist to win the game.
Rhode Island entered game three strong taking a 6-1 early lead and never looked back. The Dukes got within a two-point reach several times and twice to a one-point deficit with the last being 26-25. The Rams rattled off three straight points for a 29-25 cushion to secure the win.
Rhode Island chipped a way at an early 4-1 Duquesne lead to knot game four at 5-5 and snagged a 6-5 edge, but the Dukes scored three consecutive points for an 8-6 advantage. Duquesne held its largest edge of the contest with a 17-13 lead on a Wuebker kill before the Rams slowly worked their way to a 19-19 tie and eventually grabbed a one-point lead, twice, with the last being 23-22. The Dukes rallied for four points capped by senior Jacqui Gerlach's kill for a 26-23 margin and the lead for good. Seven side outs followed with DU holding at least a two-point favor, before Rhode Island closed the gap and put the contest within a 28-29 reach, but relinquished the victory on a hitting error to seal their fate.
Duquesne closes out its 2002 regular season hosting Fordham Saturday at 7:00 pm at the Palumbo Center. Their 17 wins to date is third-best all-time in Division I play. The school record for wins in 19, set during the 1993 season.