DURHAM, N.C. – Duke took a 2-1 match lead, but Miami hit over .340 the final two frames to grab a 3-2 victory (21-25, 25-23, 23-25, 25-18, 15-10) Friday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The come-from-behind win moves the Hurricanes to 10-3 (4-3 ACC) on the year while the Blue Devils slip to 11-7 (3-4 ACC).
Duke totaled 12.0 blocks over the first three sets to limit Miami to a .200 hitting percentage. The Hurricanes’ adjustments the final two frames paid off, keeping Duke to one block while allowing Miami to hit .359.
“This team keeps fighting, which is a great thing,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “I think they’re going to continue to do that. There are some things we can do a little bit better over and over. Sometimes we’re inconsistent doing that. We made it an uphill battle for ourselves early with some of our unforced errors. This team is learning and they’re working really hard, but we need to be able to finish a little bit better.”
Outside hitter Cadie Bates led the Blue Devils with 18 kills and contributed 18 digs to notch her team-leading ninth double-double. Outside hitter Payton Schwantz (15), rightside hitter Samantha Amos (13) and middle blocker Anna Kropf (11) all rounded out the Duke contingent in double-digit kills.
Kropf was also strong at the net, matching her career-high with eight blocks. Amos stuffed six while freshman middle blocker Summer Brown had five.
Duke overcame a four-point deficit to claim the opening set, 25-21. Down 15-11, the Blue Devils mounted a 9-3 rally. Kropf and Amos teamed up on consecutive blocks to push the score, 22-19. Bates brought down back-to-back kills to establish set point and a Miami error sealed the frame.
Duke repeated its 15-11 deficit to start the second set, but the Blue Devils were unable to surmount the margin a second time, falling 25-23. After fighting to take a 23-22 lead, Duke could not complete the comeback, surrendering two kills and an ace.
Bates and Schwantz then put down five kills each to give Duke the 2-1 match lead. Kropf broke a 22-all score with a kill before a Hurricane attack error and Schwantz tallied finished the frame.
Miami hit .349 with 18 kills in the fourth to even the overall match score, 2-2. Up 15-14, the Hurricanes used a 10-4 spurt to close out the stanza.
The Hurricanes’ momentum carried into the fifth and Miami staked an early 8-3 lead. Duke continued to fight, dwindling the margin to a single point, 9-8. Miami countered with a 3-0 run and completed the match with consecutive blocks.
Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15 against Florida State. Admission is free to all fans, while ACC Network Extra will broadcast the match via WatchESPN.com and the ESPNa app.