FAIRFAX, Va. - The George Mason women’s volleyball team suffered a 3-0 setback on Friday night as they hosted the Duquesne Dukes in Atlantic 10 Conference action at the RAC. Set scores were 25-15, 25-22, 25-19, with Mason falling to 6-18 and 2-8 in A-10 play. The Dukes improved to 15-8 (9-1 A-10) following the two teams’ first-ever conference meeting.
Sophomore Morghan Martin led the Patriot offense with 12 kills, also a match high. Classmate Bernetta Moore’s 15 digs also was highest among all players, while Allison Foschia paced the Dukes with 13 digs and 10 kills.
Duquesne never trailed in the opening set, breaking a 2-2 deadlock with four straight points. The Patriots would pull within two at 12-10, but the Dukes again scored a 6-2 run to pull away. Mason got no closer than five as the visitors took set one, in which they out-hit the Patriots .414-to-.083.
Mason jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set and the score remained close throughout. In total, there were 11 ties and three lead changes, with the Patriots holding the advantage for much of the frame. With Mason up 21-19 after a block by Lana Zonjic, Laura Spencer and Meredith Bush, the Dukes called timeout and were able to score three in a row. After another Bush and Spencer block tied the score at 22, three straight Lacey Levers kills sent the Dukes to the locker room up two sets to none.
The Dukes stormed out to a 6-1 lead to begin the third set, but the Patriots whittled away at the led and eventually tied the score at 12. It was part of a larger 10-2 run which gave Mason its biggest lead of the evening at 17-13. Five in a row by Duquesne switched the lead to the Dukes, and after a pair of sideouts, Duquense closed the match out with a 6-1 run to take the victory.
Mason is back in action in their second-to-last home match of the season, hosting Dayton Saturday evening at 7 p.m. The contest is the annual Dig Pink match, when the Patriots will wear special pink uniforms to raise awareness for breast cancer research.