VOLLEYBALL DROPS ITS FOURTH-STRAIGHT FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1992 IN LOSS TO DUKE
HOUSTON, TexasÂ - Carrie DeMange recorded a match-high 17 kills while Sarah Salem added 10 kills to lead Duke to a 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-27) victory over Sacramento State in the first round of the Crowne Plaza Volleyball Invitational Saturday afternoon at Autry Court.
With the loss, the Hornets, who opened their season with a victory over Long Island, have now lost four-straight matches for the first time since the 1992 squad also dropped four straight. Sacramento State (1-4) is in danger of dropping five straight for the first time since the 1991 squad (first year of Div. I play) dropped seven in a row.
Coupled with its 3-0 loss to Santa Clara on Tuesday, the Hornets have now been swept in back-to-back matches for the first time since the opening stages of the 2003 season.
With the victory, Duke, which limited Sacramento State to a .146 hitting percentage, improved to 2-1 on the young season. Despite each team tallying the same amount of kills (47), the Blue Devils were able to take advantage of nine Sacramento State service errors while leading the Hornets in digs (66-60) and team blocks (10-4).
Sacramento State continued to struggle in the hitting department as the team has yet to hit above .192 in a match this season. In fact, the Hornets have hit above .150 on just two occasions.
Junior Shannon Roland paced the Hornet offensive attack with 15 kills as the outside hitter led the team in that department for the second time this season. The Auburn, Calif., native has at least 13 kills in all but one match this year and leads the team with 3.37 kills per game. Sophomore Lindsay Haupt continued her solid play with 11 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. The middle hitter hit above .300 for the second-consecutive contest.
Junior libero Kristin Lutes led the Hornets with 18 digs while Atlee Hubbard and Rose Burke each had 10.
The Hornets return to action later today (5 p.m. PST) as the team plays host Rice in the second and final round of the tournament. Sacramento State completes its Houston swing with a dual match Sunday afternoon at the University of Houston.