How it Happened
With URI leading 5-4 in the opening set, Duquesne used an 11-3 run to open up a 15-8 lead. Four straight points by the Rams cut the deficit to three (15-12) but the Dukes did not allow Rhody to get any closer as they closed things out with a 25-21 win.
The second set began in similar fashion, with Rhode Island going up 4-3 after a kill by Gabrielle Shilling. Duquesne then scored six of the next seven points to take the lead for good at 9-5. The Rams got back in at after a Dukes service ace made it a one-point game at 16-15, but Duquesne regained control with a 4-0 run. The Rams cut it to one once again, on a Jenna McGuire kill that made it 24-23, but Duquesne scored the next point to pull ahead two sets to none.
Rhody was never able to take the lead in the third and final set, despite tying the score on eight different occasions. Trailing 20-17, back-to-back errors by the Dukes got URI within one at 20-19. The Rams managed just one point the rest of the way however as Duquesne won 25-20 to complete the sweep.
Inside the Box Score
- Junior Hazel Brown recorded a team-high eight kills and three service aces. She also had nine digs and three block assists.
- Senior Olivia Budinich led the Rams with 14 digs on the night.
- Junior Jenna McGuire registered four blocks, five kills, a pair of digs and one service ace.
- Freshman Mariah Paulette also had five kills while adding two block assists.
- Senior Lauren Pick finished the night with 31 assists, nine digs and two blocks, including one solo.
- Freshman Gabrielle Shilling and redshirt sophomore Natale Zanellato each had seven kills for the Rams. Zanellato also had a pair of blocks, one of which was a solo.
Rhode Island is back in action Sunday afternoon at La Salle.