Blue Devils Defeat Wolfpack Volleyball, 3-0
Oct. 18, 2003
Two players finished with double-digits in kills for Duke, as the Blue Devils went on to defeat NC State in volleyball action Saturday night at Reynolds Coliseum, 3-0. The Blue Devils won by scores of 31-29, 30-22 and 30-26. With the win Duke moves to 7-13, 3-5 in Atlantic Coast Conference, while the Wolfpack fell to 6-16, 0-8 in conference play.
Game one saw both teams wage war in a seesaw battle to the very end, but it was the Blue Devils who escaped with the two-point victory. In the next game, Duke came out with more intensity, jumping to an early lead. The Wolfpack, however, wouldn't go away quietly, managing to rally back within striking distance. But the Blue Devils would put together some offensive points to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The tables would turn in the final game, as NC State took the early lead and held on to it for some time before Duke rallied. Once the Blue Devils grabbed the lead, they wouldn't turn back, ensuring the sweep with a game three win.
Junior middle blockers Maya Mapp and Paige Gilliam each finished with nine kills for the Wolfpack, while combining for 11 total blocks. Sophomore Casey Wyatt also stepped up offensively, tallying seven kills to go with a career-high 12 digs. Senior libero Caroline Frede led both teams with 22 digs on the night, while freshman outside hitter Julia Reis added 16 digs of her own. Freshmen setters Melissa Rabe and Bruna Maraccini shared time on the night, dishing out 30 and 10 assists. For Rabe, her 30 assists was a career-best.
Outside hitter Tassy Rufai led the Blue Devils with a match-best 13 kills off a .370 attack percentage to go with a team-best 17 digs, while fellow outside hitter Tealle Hunkus tacked on another 11 kills of her own. Setters Arielle Linderman and Stephanie Istvan combined for 22 digs for Duke, while Linderman also finished with a match-best 43 assists.
The Wolfpack remains at home and will face non-conference opponent Campbell at Reynolds Coliseum on Tuesday night. Match time is set for 7 p.m.