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Blue Devils Shut Down Maryland in 3-1 Victory
Monday 11/18/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Kellie Catanach
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Christiana Gray and Sophia Dunworth combined for 31 kills and eight blocks as part of a dominant defensive effort that led Duke to a 3-1 (25-13, 25-17, 25-27, 25-19) victory over Maryland in Comcast Pavilion on Friday evening.

The Terrapins had no answer for either Blue Devil as both Gray and Dunworth hit over .300 with only four combined hitting errors. Gray went 15-for-28 for a .393 hitting percentage, and Dunworth finished 16-for-52 without a single attack error. Both each had a pair of solo blocks as the Blue Devils amassed a season-high tying 12 blocks.

"It was our defense that kept us in the match tonight," Duke head coach Jolene Nagel said. "Our block did a great job of setting up so we could get our hands on some balls. That was really what made the difference early in the match."

The Blue Devils (19-8, 13-5 ACC) had four players who finished with at least three blocks as they held Maryland to a .157 hitting percentage and forced 28 attack errors. Gray led the way with five stops, while middle blocker Chelsea Cook and setter Kellie Catanach had four and Dunworth finished with three.

Duke also had five players net double-digit digs, including All-ACC libero Ali McCurdy who picked up 22, including the 1,200th of her career. Dunworth posted a double-double with 14 digs, senior Amanda Robertson amassed 13, and Megan Hendrickson, (11) and Catanach (10) also reached double figures.

The double-doubles were the 13th of the year for Catanach and the fifth for Dunworth.

Duke had little trouble finding holes in the Maryland defense and hit .291 as a team. Including an errorless 8-for-24 performance from Robertson, the Blue Devils posted 59 kills and just 11 attack errors while hitting .292 or better in three of four games.

 

"Kellie made some great choices in our offense that helped us be able to side out," Nagel said. "Our serve receive was pretty solid, and that allowed her more freedom to distribute the ball pretty evenly tonight."

 

Maryland middle blocker Caitlin Adams provided the bulk of Maryland's offense with 15 kills and a .481 hitting percentage. Duke managed to hold the rest of the Terps lineup to a .099 hitting percentage, however, thanks to the 12 blocks and 79 digs by the Blue Devils.

Duke will continue its northern road swing this Sunday, November 20, with a noon matchup against Boston College. The Blue Devils will then return home to play Wake Forest in the home finale in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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