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(9-3-22) PITTSBURGH – The Duquesne University volleyball team opened the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational with its first win of the season over Canisius by a final score of 3-1.
The Dukes improve to 1-3 on the season while Canisius moves to 2-2.
New Knoxville grad and and Dukes Freshman Carsyn Henschen and senior Morgan Kelly combined for 41 kills in the win to lead Duquesne.
Kelly, along with junior Camille Spencer, senior Ashley Larson, sophomore Madison Floyd and graduate student Elizabeth Osborn all made their season debuts today.
Henschen led the team with 21 kills, setting a new season high. Her five aces led the game and were another season high.
In her season debut, Kelly showed exactly why she was named to the All-Conference Second Team in 2021. Her .283 hitting percentage led the team today.
Spencer made a significant impact as well, recording eight kills and leading the team with 23 digs.
Senior Hailey Poling recorded 30 assists, one shy of her season high. Freshman Tia Bozzo chipped in with 15 of her own assists today.
Freshman Hanna Wilson had three aces for the Dukes today. She also recorded 15 digs, good for the second-most on the team.
HOW IT HAPPENED
The Dukes dropped a heartbreaker in the first set. They led throughout most of it, but not by much. Canisius was able to keep it close until Duquesne actually pulled away late with a 23-17 lead. Unfortunately, Canisius stormed back and battled to win the set, 28-26.
Duquesne was behind early in the second set, but things changed when Canisius took an 11-8 lead. The Dukes ripped off a 10-1 run that gave them a 19-12 lead. From there, they were able to finish the set off relatively easily. Duquesne had four service aces in this set compared to none for Canisius.
Duquesne found itself down early in this set as well. It didn’t lead until late in the set, but beforehand, it was down by as many as six points at 14-8. This did not stop Duquesne from battling, as it never let the deficit grow too large. Down 22-18, the Dukes ripped off four-straight points to tie it up. They took four of the last six points to win this set 26-24.
In the final set, Duquesne recorded five more aces to will its way to victory. This set was close until Duquesne led 11-10. The Dukes took five of the next six points to give themselves a 16-11 advantage. This didn’t seal the win though, as Canisius fought its way back to tie it at 22. The Dukes found a way to close this set out once again, winning 26-24.
- Henschen’s 21 kills once again set a new season high for the Dukes and a new career high for herself. Her five aces were also the most by anyone on the team this season.
- Kelly made herself known in her season debut. Her 20 kills were the most for her since Sept. 11, 2021, against American.
- Spencer’s eight kills today are a career high.
- The Dukes had at least four aces in every set and totaled 17 on the day, the most by the team this season.