DURHAM- Duke’s volleyball team earned its sixth straight win with a 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-22, 25-19) win over Michigan on Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
How did it happen
- Senior outside hitter Grace Johnson collected a career-high 28 eliminations to reach an impressive 0.389%. His 28 kills are currently tied for third in the nation in a four-set match.
- Second year Rachel Richardson had 13 kills, eight digs and three blocks in his all-around match.
- graduate smuggler Devon Chang provided 50 assists, the most in a game for Duke this season. Second year libero Nikki Underwood tallied 17 digs to pace the defense while Rylie Kadel added five blocks including a solo at net.
- The Blue Devils came out swinging in the first set to reach 0.361% as Johnson racked up seven quick kills with Chang assisting on 14 of the team’s 16 kills.
- The Wolverines tied the game at 1-1 in the second despite the Blue Devils’ .323 hit clip. Kadel and Lizzie Fleming counted solo blocks to pace the blocking contingent.
- Michigan had 11 block assists in the third set to hold Duke to their lowest offensive set (0.125%), but Fleming’s four kills and no errors helped the Blue Devils win 25-22.
- The fourth set featured five ties, but Johnson came alive to lead the attack. She had eight kills and just one error on 16 attempts to hit .438 to help give Duke its sixth win of the season.
- Duke improved to 6-2 with its sixth straight win.
- He was the head coach Jolene Nagelit is 673rd career victory and his 470th at the head of the Blue Devils.
- Duke moves to 5-2 all-time against Michigan.
- Duke’s 61 eliminations are the most in a game this season.
- Johnson has two aces and now has 25 in eight games.
- The Wolverines were led by Jess Mruzik and Jess Robinson with 11 wins each.
- “Our team played with composure tonight and it was exciting to see. They played consistently and didn’t allow a lot of runs. Michigan has a solid serve reception and we just tried to find a way for our serve to help us. Our defense helped us too. I think we were disciplined with our block and got our hands on some balls and were able to win the rally. – head coach Jolene Nagel
Duke hosts Michigan State at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday for a game at 6:30 p.m. on ACCNX.
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