Duke Snaps Virginia's Win Streak, Sweeps Cavaliers
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia volleyball team saw its three-match win streak come to an end Friday evening, as the Duke Blue Devils swept the Cavaliers, 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-16) in Memorial Gymnasium. The win keeps Duke at the top of the ACC standings, at 15-3 this season and 8-1 in the league, while the Cavaliers fall to 9-9 overall and 3-5 in the ACC.
Junior Simone Asque paced the Cavaliers with a match-high 10 kills, while senior AJ Cushman picked up a match-high 14 digs. Freshman Mallory Woolridge earned five blocks, while classmate McKenzie Adams blocked four attacks.
For Duke, Becci Burling led the way with nine kills and a match-high six blocks, while Ali McCurdy earned 12 digs. Kellie Catanach dished out 30 assists.
For the match, 12 service errors plagued the Cavaliers, while the Blue Devils were able to land five service aces. Virginia’s offense struggled as well, as the Cavaliers were only able to hit .048 as a team, while the Blue Devils knocked down .266 percent of their attacks. Defensively, Duke out-dug Virginia, 51-39, while the front line earned 9.5 blocks as compared to the Cavaliers’ 6.0.
Duke took control of the first set with a 6-0 run midway through the stanza to pull ahead 18-10. The Blue Devils then extended their advantage to 13, earning a 25-12 victory.
The beginning of the second frame was much closer, as the squads played to seven tie scores before Duke used three straight points to pull ahead 13-10, forcing the Cavaliers to call a timeout. A 7-1 run in favor of the visitors then gave Duke an eight-point lead at 20-12, and the Blue Devils cruised to a 25-16 set win.
Duke pulled ahead 4-1 to open the third frame and the Cavaliers were unable to regroup. Virginia kept within three the majority of the set, but back-to-back service aces from Catanach gave the Blue Devils a five-point lead, at 16-11. Duke then closed out the frame by scoring eight of the final 10 points, taking a 25-16 win.
The Cavaliers will look to rebound on Sunday, as they host Wake Forest at 1 p.m.