DURHAM, N.C. – UNCG volleyball (3-4) fell 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16) to Duke Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“Tonight’s match was frustrating,” said head coach Corey Carlin. “After a great start to the first set, we compounded too many errors and gave away too many points. You can’t win matches playing that way. Credit Duke for seizing control of the match by staying assertive in their execution and playing better than we did for longer periods of time.”
UNCG started the match with a 5-0 run and added a 4-0 streak later for a 11-4 lead in the first set. Duke responded with a 9-1 run to take its first lead of 13-12. After the set was tied 15-15, the Blue Devils ended it with a 10-2 run.
The Spartans once again led early in the second set. An 8-3 run gave UNCG a 15-9 advantage. After the two teams traded points, Duke again won the set with a lengthy run to win it, this time with a 13-3 streak.
Duke opened the final set by claiming six of the first eight points and led by at least four points the rest of the set.
UNCG finished with just a .132 hitting percentage with 20 attacking errors while Duke committed only 11 errors with a .325 hitting percentage.
Allison Penner collected 15 digs and three digs and got kills in both of her attempts. With 3,646 career assists, Penner passed Robyn Jameson (1998-2001) for third all-time in career assists in program history.
Giana Rasmussen tied Penner with a team-high 15 digs.
Christina Gregory notched a team-high 14 digs and the team’s only service ace, and Grace Howell also had eight. With 1,502 career digs, Gregory moved ahead of Robin Schuller (1993-96) into sixth place for most career digs in school history.
UNCG and North Carolina A&T will co-host the Spartan-Aggie Invitational this upcoming weekend, and the Spartans will open up the tournament with Winthrop Friday at 6 p.m.
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