DURHAM, N.C. -
Virginia volleyball seniors Shannon Davis (Austin, Texas) and Beth Shelton (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the Cavaliers’ attack in the final road match of their careers, each landing nine kills, but it wasn’t enough as the Duke Blue Devils swept the Cavaliers, 3-0 (24-26, 15-25, 21-25), Saturday evening at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Fellow senior Marlow Bruneau (Lakeville, Minn.) dished out nine assists, while second-year Kelly Irvin (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) collected her fourth double-double this season, distributing 12 helpers and collecting 10 digs.
Third-year Brittani Rendina (Lisle, Ill.) dug 13 attacks to lead the defense, while second-year Sydney Hill (Kalamazoo, Mich.) blocked four.
For Duke (23-8, 14-5 ACC) Rachael Moss led all players with 14 kills and Sue Carls contributed 10. Kellie Catanach dished out 43 assists and Amanda Robertson led four Blue Devils in double-figure digs, collecting 19. Jourdan Norman had four blocks.
The Cavaliers and Blue Devils battled throughout the first set, evening the score nine times and trading leads four times, but neither team held a lead of more than three the entire frame. Virginia held the late advantage, 23-21, before Moss landed back-to-back kills for Duke to make it 23-23. The Blue Devils landed a service ace to create the first set point opportunity, but Davis responded with a kill to prolong the set. Norman then put away a set from Catanach, before Catanach put the match out of reach for Virginia at 26-24.
Duke used the momentum in the second set, racing out to a 9-2 lead before extending it to 10 at 14-4, forcing the Cavaliers to call a timeout. Virginia was unable to build any momentum to cut into the deficit, and the squads traded points en route to a 25-15 victory in favor of the Blue Devils.
Virginia used a 3-0 run midway through the third frame to pull ahead 12-9 and held the lead until Duke evened the score at 19. The score remained tied at 20-20 before the Blue Devils strung together three-straight points to put themselves up 23-20. Shelton halted the streak with a kill, but two kills from the Blue Devils secured the 3-0 sweep with a 25-21 win.
The Cavaliers (16-15, 8-11 ACC) will return to Memorial Gymnasium for their season finale on Friday, Nov. 28, hosting Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. Virginia’s three seniors, Marlow Bruneau, Shannon Davis and Beth Shelton will be honored prior to the start of the contest, as it will mark the final match of their careers.