The Miami RedHawks women’s volleyball team bounced back last weekend at the Duke Invitational.
After starting the season 0-3, the team won two of three games in Durham, NC.
The ‘Hawks opened the game on Friday with a game against the College of Charleston.
Miami started strong with a 25-19 victory in the first set, but the Charleston Cougars won the second set 25-15. The third set was a battle, but the RedHawks came out on top, 25-23.
The RedHawks came out strong in the fourth set and won 25-18 to win the game 3-1.
Second-year right winger Abby Stratford led the team with a career-high 18 kills, and second-year Libero Taylor Nomanson had 13 digs for the Hawks. First-year passer Lydia Harper had 23 assists in her first game in Miami after missing last week’s games with injury.
Later that night, Miami fell to Duke in straight sets.
The game was home and away early in the first set, but Duke took off with an 18-10 lead and never looked back. The Blue Devils won the set, 25-15.
The Hawks took the lead early in the second set, but in the end Duke won 28-26. The Devils won the third set with a 25-16 victory to win the game 3-0.
Away main forward Gaby Harper led the RedHawks with eight kills, while main right wing Sophie Riemersma scored three blocks. Nomanson added 15 digs and two aces on serve.
Miami faced the Howard University Bison on Saturday.
After the RedHawks won the first set, 25-19, the last three sets were a close battle. A kill by Allyson Severance tied the score at 25 in the second set, and the teams traded points until Howard scored two in a row and won the set, 29-27.
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The teams were at the same pace in the third set until Riemersma got a kill and a service ace to win the set, 27-25. The Bison took a 20-16 lead in the fourth set, but the Hawks came back with a Riemersma kill to win the fourth set, 26-24, and the game.
The RedHawks are now 2-4 for the season. The team will play in the Miami / Best Western Invitational this weekend against Middle Tennessee, Northern Kentucky and Evansville. The first game will be on Friday, September 10 at 7 p.m., and the other two games will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.