GREELEY, Colo. – After two consecutive five-set matches, Duke swept North Colorado 3-0 (25-8, 25-18, 25-19) Saturday evening at Bank of Colorado Arena to complete an undefeated weekend.
Duke (3-0) hit a weekend best .361 for the match and limited Northern Colorado (0-2) to a .152 mark.
“Our team had played a five set match this morning and a five set match last night, so we knew we had to bring a lot of energy,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “We had to work together and do it as a team. They did great.”
Senior outside hitter Cadie Bates paced the offense with a match-high 13 kills, topping the 10-kill mark for the third time in as many matches. Junior middle blocker Leah Meyer added seven kills on .429 hitting while freshman outside hitter Payton Schwantz contributed seven kills, five digs and an ace.
The first set belonged completely to the Blue Devils, who posted a .533 hitting percentage to Northern Colorado’s -.167 clip. Duke did not commit an attack error in the set while the Bears totaled 10.
"Our two goals for tonight’s match were to focus and our defense and serving," Nagel said. "Our serve has been doing well and that’s what helped us get a good start in the first set."
Duke once again built a commanding early lead in the second then fended off the Bears to claim it, 25-18. Held a 7-3 lead after the first 10 points and the Blue Devils never trailed in the frame.
Northern Colorado led for the first time in the match, 10-9, before Duke recorded a 9-2 stretch that catapulted the Blue Devils to an 18-12 third-set advantage. The Blue Devils did not allow the Bears to come closer than four the rest of the way and won the third and final set, 25-19.
Following the season opening trip to Colorado, Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for the Duke Invitational Friday-Saturday, Sept. 1-2. The Blue Devils play host to Northwestern, UNCW and South Carolina in their annual tournament.