DURHAM, N.C. - Looking to gain ground in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, the Duke volleyball team is set to face conference foes Clemson and Georgia Tech this weekend in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils and the Tigers will meet Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m., in the 57th all-time match between the two programs. Saturday's match pits the Blue Devils against the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech with the contest again set for 7 p.m. Live stats and Blue Devil Network live video, available to GoDuke.com Inside Access subscribers, will be available for both contests.
Duke (10-8, 1-5 ACC) has been strong at home this season, posting a 7-1 record when playing at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils will look to continue that trend this weekend against two tough league opponents.
Through 18 matches this season, junior libero Ali McCurdy has been a consistent presence for a young Blue Devil squad, leading the ACC in digs per set (5.72 dps). McCurdy, who has averaged 5.38 digs per set during her three years at Duke, currently ranks third in the school career records with 1,645 digs.
A pair of underclassmen outside hitters has been Duke's top targets on offense this year in sophomore Jeme Obeime and freshman Emily Sklar. Obeime leads the Blue Devils with 202 kills, averaging 3.11 per set, followed closely by Sklar with 169 (3.25 kps).
After picking up wins over Virginia and Virginia Tech a week ago, Clemson arrives in Durham with a 12-6 overall record and 3-4 ACC mark. The Tigers, who are 0-5 away from Jervey Gymnasium, are in search of their first road win on the season. Moneshia Simmons and Sandra Adeleye pace the Tiger offense, averaging 3.52 and 3.45 kills per set, respectively. Clemson also ranks second in the league in service aces per set heading into the matchup with Duke.
The series between Duke and Clemson, which the Blue Devils lead 35-21, has been tightly contested as of late with Duke holding a slight edge, 6-4, in the past 10 matches. The Blue Devils and the Tigers split two decisions a year ago as both teams defended their home courts.
At 13-4 on the year, Georgia Tech also secured victories over Virginia and Virginia Tech last weekend to improve to 5-2 in ACC action. The Yellow Jackets face Wake Forest Friday evening prior to their match against the Blue Devils.
Led by Bailey Hunter and Monique Mead, Georgia Tech has recorded a .281 team hitting percentage, the second-best clip in the conference. The Yellow Jackets also lead the ACC in service aces, averaging nearly two per set, with three Georgia Tech players ranking in the top-10 in the conference.
Duke is 39-19 all-time against Georgia Tech and has emerged victorious in seven of the two teams' past 10 meetings. The Blue Devils posted a 1-1 record versus the Yellow Jackets in 2011, earning a 3-1 win in Atlanta is their last match.
The Blue Devils wrap up their current five-match home stand against the Demon Deacons in Duke's first mid-week match of the 2012 campaign. Duke and Wake Forest will meet Tuesday, October 16 at 7 p.m., in Cameron Indoor Stadium.