LOS ANGELES, Calif. – No. 14 Duke closed out the USC Classic with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-28, 30-21) sweep over Cal State Northridge Saturday evening in the Galen Center.Sue Carls recorded 10, marking the fourth consecutive match in which the junior outside hitter has reached double-digit kills. Moss also recorded a double-double for the second straight match with a team-high 15 digs. while DeMange topped the 100 kill mark for the season.
Junior middle blocker Jourdan Norman was errorless in 10 attacks, while contributing seven kills for a .700 attack percentage. Norman also racked up five blocks to add to her team-leading total of 29 on the season.
The Blue Devils fell behind by two points early in the opening frame, but stormed to a 12-4 lead after posting an 8-0 run on kills from Hausfeld, Norman and Moss in addition to a handful of attacking errors by Cal State Northridge. The Blue Devils would maintain the lead until the Matadors rallied to tie the score at 17-17. After another kill from Hausfeld, Duke forced three straight attack errors to build a four-point lead that would remain until the end of game one. Both teams began strong defensively, as Duke turned in a .186 hitting percentage to top Cal State Northridge’s .045 mark in game one.
Offensive adjustments proved key in game two, as Duke improved to a .270 hitting percentage in the second frame. Both Carls and Moss led the offense with four kills apiece, while Norman was 2-for-3 with a pair of blocks.
The Blue Devils returned to form in the final frame and posted a .409 hitting percentage en route to a 30-21 win in game three. DeMange and Moss combined for 15 of the team’s 21 kills and a .666 hitting percentage. Duke committed only three attack errors in the third frame while forcing six out of the Matadors.
“I was pleased to see the team come out this morning and be focused and ready to compete after such a hard-fought and emotional match against USC last night,” head coach Jolene Nagel said. “We were able to do what we wanted to do offensively which helped, because Cal State Northridge was a very good, scrappy defensive team.
“It’s been a challenging weekend with three tough matches in such a short period of time. We were excited to be able to get out to Southern California where some of our players are from, and to be able to play in front of their families and friends. It was great to play this type of competition in order to prepare for our upcoming ACC schedule.
With the win, Duke concludes the USC Classic with a 2-1 record to earn second-place honors. Duke will travel to Lincoln, Neb., next weekend to participate in the Nebraska Ameritas Players Challenge where the Blue Devils will face No. 1 Nebraska on Sept. 7 and either New Mexico State or Louisville on Sept. 8.