CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Duke totaled more kills and digs, but Miami found a way to edge the Blue Devils in a tightly contested 3-1 (23-25, 25-23, 23-25, 23-25) match Sunday afternoon in the Knight Complex.
“It was so close today,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “We played much more like ourselves than we did Friday night, but at the same time we missed opportunities to gain momentum. We’re a work in progress, but with this team’s work ethic and culture, we’re going to continue to get better. We played two tough opponents on the road in the ACC this weekend, but I look for our team to grow because of this level of competition.”
Three Blue Devils – Payton Schwantz, Leah Meyer and Ade Owokoniran – finished with double-digit kills, part of a 57-kill outing for Duke (6-5, 0-2 ACC). Kolby Bird, Elizaveta Lukianova and Chloe Brown combined for 41 of Hurricanes’ 51 kills to lead Miami (6-3, 2-0 ACC) to victory.
Schwantz recorded her second-straight and fourth overall double-double, totaling 14 kills to go along with 13 digs. Middle blocker Meyer turned in a 12-kill, five-block performance, while outside hitter Owokoniran added 11 kills on .346 hitting. Freshman middle blocker Lily Cooper added seven kills and five blocks in a solid all-around performance.
All four sets featured back-and-forth action down to the final point. Duke led the first by a point before Miami closed out the frame on a 3-0 run to grab the 25-23 decision. Schwantz knocked down seven of her 14 kills in the second set, a 25-23 Duke decision. The third featured 10 ties and five lead changes before Miami came away with the win. The Hurricanes then edged the Blue Devils in the final frame, once again by a slim, 25-23 margin.
Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for its ACC home opener Friday, September 27 against Boston College.