Dukes Fall to Dayton In A-10 Tournament
Nov. 19, 2004
The Duquesne women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 loss to #1 seed Dayton Friday evening in the opening match of the Atlantic 10 Championship. Senior Erin Trageser led the Dukes with nine kills and 14 digs.
Junior Diana Wuebker led the team with three blocks putting her as the new all-time single season leader in total blocks at Duquesne with 124.
Dayton won game one 30-18 and followed it up with a 30-19 margin in game two before the Dukes re-grouped and forced 10 ties and five lead changes in game three, but suffered a 28-30 loss to end their season.
Duquesne, which is host the A-10 championship, earned its first berth since the Conference went to a four-team format back in 1995.
The Dukes conclude the 2004 slate 15-16 overall.
In the second game of the series, second-seeded Xavier advanced via a 3-0 victory over third-seeded Temple led by All-Conference performer Kate Duchek with 15 kills while A-10 Setter of the Year Molly Martin recorded 44 assists in the win. Temple's Yue Lui, the A-10 Rookie of the Year, led the Owls with 11 kills and Zhen Jia Liu had 11 digs.
Xavier took a 30-22 edge in game one racking up 20 kills and hitting .444 (20-4-36). The Musketeers fought for a 30-27 margin in the second game of the match and took the win on a Temple blocking error. Xavier snagged a 30-24 victory in game three landing 21 kills to the Owls' 14.
Dayton and Xavier have never met in the A-10 championship match. Xavier is making its first appearance in the title contest since 2001. They defeated Temple 3-0 that year to advance to the NCAA championship. This will be the third title appearance for both teams.