November 21, 2008
Five-set marathon ends in Hokie misfortune
Munoz records her first double-double of the season
Virginia Tech (20-9) 15251725202
Duke (22-8) 25162516223
  • Cameron Indoor - 552

DURHAM, N.C. – The Virginia Tech volleyball team pushed Duke to the brink in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday, battling the Blue Devils in a five-set marathon, but eventually falling 3-2 (25-15, 16-25, 25-17, 16-25, 22-20) in Durham, N.C.

The Hokies (20-10, 11-8 ACC) held Duke (22-8, 13-5) to a .195 hitting percentage, but only struck at a .181 clip themselves, and made 11 service errors in the match.

Set one stayed competitive early with both squads staying within three points of each other. With the Hokies down 14-12, Duke went on an 8-1 run, including six straight at one point, to take control of the stanza. The Blue Devils kept the advantage and coasted to victory in the set 25-15.

Tech regrouped in the second set and took command of the frame early. The Hokies doubled the Blue Devils up at 8-4, and pushed the lead out to as much as eight. Down 18-12, Duke reeled off three straight points to pull within three, but Tech won the next five points to put the Blue Devils away in the period. An attack error by Duke’s Rachael Moss sealed the second set for the Hokies 25-16.

Duke proved resilient in the third frame though. After Tech and Duke engaged in a close battle early, the Blue Devils won five straight points to open up a 17-10 advantage. The Hokies could not overcome the large deficit and fell in set three by an eight-point margin 25-17.

After falling behind 2-1 last night, the Hokies lost the next set to end the match to Wake Forest, but tonight spelled a different story for Tech. The Hokies led the entire way in set four. With Duke rallying to cut the advantage to two at 16-14, Tech buried the Blue Devils with a 9-2 run to win the frame 25-16.

The two evenly-match squads fought back and forth in the epic fifth set. The final frame featured 17 ties and no team gained a lead larger than two the entire stanza. Both teams combined for eight match points, five for Duke and three for Tech. A kill by senior Sarah Munoz gave the Hokies their final match point at 20-19, when the Blue Devils reeled off three straight points to steal the set 22-20, and the match 3-2.

Munoz earned her first double-double of the 2008 campaign with a season-high 15 kills and 16 digs. Freshman Alison Blasingame had the break-out match of her young career, ripping 12 kills and blocking three attacks. Junior Taylor Parrish added 12 kills, while junior Jill Gergen recorded 19 digs. Sophomore Felicia Willoughby registered five blocks, and freshman Erin Leaser dished out 51 assists.

The Hokies will travel to Charlottesville, Va., next Friday for the regular season finale against Virginia. The Hokies swept the Cavaliers on Sept. 23 of this season in the midst of their 11-match win streak, and would like to end the regular season on a high note. Results will be posted on following the match.

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