DURHAM, N.C. – A solid defensive effort helped Duke record its third straight win as the Blue Devils downed Virginia 3-0 (25-14, 25-21, 25-16) Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke (12-8, 6-5 ACC) limited Virginia (6-15, 2-9 ACC) to a .039 team hitting percentage for the match, allowing 26 kills while forcing 22 UVA hitting errors. Friday’s match marked the 11th time this season Duke has held an opponent to a hitting percentage under .200.
“Our team paid attention to what rotations Virginia was in and they knew UVA’s hitter but our team also took care of business on our side of the net,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “We served well, our serve receive was steady and the setters did a good job of moving the ball around to help our hitters. Our passers also did a good job of controlling the ball that first touch.”
Outside hitter Payton Schwantz was efficient with her 21 attack attempts, dropping a match-high 12 kills while committing just three errors. Her .429 hitting percentage also led all players on the night.
Virginia led the first set early before the Duke defense found its rhythm. The Blue Devils would allow the Cavaliers to notch just five kills in the stanza and limited UVA to a -.061 hitting percentage in the opening frame.
The second set was the closest of the three with Virginia holding a slight lead at the midway point. Down 13-11, Duke outscored UVA 11-3 in a span that featured three Cooper kills. The Cavaliers came no closer than four points the rest of the way.
The Blue Devils’ momentum carried over into the third and final set, a stanza Duke led start to finish. The Blue Devils bolted to a 9-3 lead and closed the match on a 5-0 run to secure their sixth straight-set victory of the season.
Next up, Duke faces undefeated and fifth-ranked Pitt Sunday, October 28 at 1 p.m.