The fourth-ranked Duke women’s field hockey program picked up right where it left off last fall, beginning the 2014 campaign with a 2-1 overtime victory at No. 16 Michigan State Friday afternoon.
The Blue Devils won their season-opening contest for the second consecutive year and third time under the direction of coach Pam Bustin.
Freshmen Ainsley Gill and Alexa Mackintire both scored in their collegiate debuts, with Mackintire’s goal in the 85th minute sealing the overtime win. In addition, Duke’s defensive unit limited a powerful Michigan State attack to just one score on 15 shots.
The Blue Devils (1-0) tallied their first goal of the season 21 minutes into the contest as junior Abby Beltrani and freshman Alyssa Chillano assisted Gill on a successful tip-in off of a penalty corner opportunity. Bolstered by a strong performance by the back line, redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Blazing made five first-half saves against seven shots from the Spartans.
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Duke: After working through early-season jitters in the opening set, the Duke volleyball team dominated the second two frames en route to a season-opening 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-19) victory against North Florida at the Duke Invitational.
Senior outside hitter Jeme Obeime pounded a match-high 16 kills to pace a potent Duke offensive attack. Obeime hit a scalding .583 over the course of the match, committing just two errors on 24 attempts. The sophomore middle blocker duo of Alyse Whitaker and Jordan Tucker combined for 20 kills as both Blue Devils hit over .500 as well. Whitaker tallied a career-best 11 kills, while Tucker added nine.