Duke defeats Cornell for three-game winning streak


DURHAM – The Duke volleyball team continued their home success by securing their seventh home victory as the Blue Devils swept Cornell 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20) on Saturday afternoon at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.

With the victory, the head coach Jolene nagel‘s The team improves to 9-2 and has won three straight wins as the Big Red plunges to 4-4.

Offensively, Duke was led by the elder Ade Owokoniran with 11 kills and junior Gracie johnson with 10 and no error. Junior Lizzie fleming added nine kills and no mistakes to hit 0.364 as a rookie Rylie kadel added seven. Senior passer Alex springate 32 assists in libero Mackenzie cole had 18 recoveries compared to 15 for Johnson. At net, Fleming led the Blue Devils with four blocks while Kadel added two.

Johnson’s performance today also marked his third double-double this season.

The three sets were pretty close throughout the match. Duke led 22-18 in the first set before Cornell went on to a 4-0 streak, forcing Nagel to take a time out. The Blue Devils refocused and won three of the last four points to take a 1-0 lead, including Sydney Yap’s as to display the set point. As a team, Duke hit 0.312 percent in the opening frame.

A crucial moment in the second set was a canceled appeal in favor of the Blue Devils. The point, initially awarded to Cornell to tie (14-14), forced Nagel and his team to challenge play and was ultimately called off to give Duke the 15-13. Duke used the momentum to his advantage, but the Big Red recovered with a 4-0 run to get closer to a (21-20). Owokoniran managed another kill before a few Cornell mistakes helped Duke take a 2-0 lead.

Duke led 24-16 in the third set but couldn’t convert on five set points. The Big Red came back (24-20) but a service error made the difference as Duke swept 3-0.

Cornell was led by Madison Baptiste with eight kills as three players recorded more than 10 digs.

Cole, Fleming and Owokoniran have been named to the Duke Classic All-Tournament squad along with Jovana Stekovic (Long Island), Anastasia Scott (Long Island), Jillienne Bennett (Cornell), Casey Justus (Cornell) and Lauren Janok (NC Central) ).

Duke will now turn to conference play and host Boston College and Syracuse for Friday and Sunday games at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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