Duarte Gets 2,000th Dig
Senior Lady Rams volleyball player Yeda Duarte recorded her 2,000th career dig in a match against Milligan College on October 20.
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October 20, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
The Bluefield women’s volleyball team lost to Milligan College on Thursday night in four sets.
The Lady Buffs from Milligan (9-15, 7-5 AAC) took down the Lady Rams 25-11, 25-14, 23-25, 25-18 at the Dome Gymnasium. Bluefield’s record dropped to 5-10, 2-12 AAC.
After taking an early lead for the Lady Rams, the Lady Buffs went on a 14-1 run to take the first set 25-11.
The Lady Rams again jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the second set before a 7-1 Milligan run put them behind en route to a 25-14 Lady Buffs win.
Bluefield jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third set, and never trailed on their way to a 25-23 win. After a 14-14 tie, the Lady Rams were unable to pull ahead by more than two points. Angi Highlander’s kill put the set away to give Bluefield a 25-23 win.
Bluefield took an early 2-0 lead in the fourth set, but 5-0 run gave Milligan the lead and they never trailed after that point. The Lady Buffs took the set 25-18.
Senior defensive specials Yeda Duarte reached a career milestone, getting her 2000th career dig in the third set.
“I was very happy to get to 2000 digs. It was definitely a career goal of mine,” said Duarte, whose mom used to hit basketballs at her as a kid to help build her skills. “I thank my parents for training me they are a big part of this.”
Going into Thursday, Duarte ranked 15th nationally with 5.7 digs per game for the season.
Highlander got hot in the fourth set, and it carried through the end of the match. She finished with ten kills.
Junior hitter Megan Randall finished the match with 12 kills and four blocks.
The Lady Rams return to action on Saturday, October 22nd, as they host their annual “Dig Pink Day” at the Dome Gymnasium to support breast cancer awareness and research. They will be facing West Virginia Tech at 11 a.m. and Concord University at 2:30 p.m.