How It Happened
Rhode Island (6-7, 1-0) eased its way to a 1-0 lead in the match, claiming the first set by a decisive 25-12 margin. With the score knotted at five apiece, the Rams reeled off seven consecutive points and never looked back.
The second set began in similar fashion, with Rhody and Duquesne trading the first six points before three straight service aces from Layne Self capped a 7-1 push that put URI on top 10-4. The Rams led by at least three points until Duquesne cut its deficit to just a pair at 22-20. That was as close as it would get though, as Rhody took the next two points and Kylee Wolfe finished it off with a service ace to give the Rams a 2-0 advantage.
Duquesne (9-6, 0-1) returned from the break recharged and led Rhode Island by as many as three points at 11-8. However, the Rams quickly shut things down, closing out the set on a 17-3 tear to defeat Duquesne for just the fourth time in the last 14 tries dating back to 2009.
Inside the Box Score
- Senior Layne Self finished the night with 11 kills, three blocks and three service aces. The three aces match her career high, which she last recorded against Sacred Heart her sophomore year.
- Senior Audrey Castro also registered 11 kills on the night, to go along with eight digs and one block.
- Senior Callan Kinnan and sophomore Olivia Budinich added eight digs for the Rams as well. Kinnan also finished with 35 assists, three kills, two aces and a pair of blocks.
- Juniors Kylee Wolfe, Marie Gillcrist and Sam Roberts totaled seven kills and one block each. Roberts had the lone solo of the night for URI.
- Wolfe and classmate Jessie Blaze each had a pair of service aces. Blaze also recorded seven digs on the night.
Stat of the Match
4 – Rhode Island swept Duquesne for just the fourth time in the rally-scoring era. Additionally, Rhode Island had four players - Layne Self, Kylee Wolfe, Callan Kinnan and Jessie Blaze - with multiple service aces in the win.
The Rams return to Keaney Gym to take on La Salle, Saturday night at 7 p.m.