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Defensive Specialist / Libero
Height: 5'9"
Year: Senior
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: Leesville Road


Career Statistics

2016 (Stats): Earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors ... Tabbed AVCA All-East Coast Region ... Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... Earned First Team All-ACC honors ... Garnered All-ACC Academic Team distinction ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Led the league in digs (634) and digs per set (5.42), both career highs ... Amassed the fourth-highest single-season total in program history ... 5.42 digs-per-set average also ranked third all-time at Duke ... Picked up 20-plus digs 15 times ... Set the program single match record with 44 digs Sept. 30 at Notre Dame ... Finished her collegiate career with 2,023 digs ... Became the third Blue Devil in program history with 2,000 career digs, joining Ali McCurdy (2,538) and Jenny Shull (2,200) ... Ranked ninth in ACC history in career digs ... Ended her career with a 4.52 digs-per-set average, good for fourth all-time at Duke and 10th all-time in the ACC. 

2015 (Stats): Tabbed AVCA All-East Coast Region honorable mention for the second straight season ... Garnered All-ACC second team honors ... Named to the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Led the team with 565 total digs ... Averaged 5.18 digs per set ... Ranked second in the ACC and 24th nationally in digs per set ... One of two ACC players to average over 5.00 digs per frame ... Picked up 10 or more digs in 28 of Duke's 30 matches ... Topped 20 digs 12 times ... Surpassed 30 digs in three contests, including a season-high 33 against Pittsburgh Oct. 23.

2014 (Stats): Named AVCA All-East Coast Region honorable mention … Tabbed to the All-ACC second team … Named to the All-ACC Academic Team and ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Assumed the starting libero role and averaged 5.13 digs per set to lead the ACC … Also ranked 26th nationally in digs per frame … The only ACC player to average over 5.00 digs per frame … 5.13 digs per set average was also good for ninth in Duke’s single season records … Totaled double-digit digs in all 30 contests … Picked up 20 or more digs 12 times … Turned in a career-best, 35-dig performance Sept. 2 versus Campbell, which ranked fifth in the Duke single-match records … Garnered Duke Invitational All-Tournament Team accolades after anchoring the Duke defense with 42 digs in three matches. 

2013 (Stats): Played in all 33 matches, starting 25 … Trailed only Ali McCurdy for the team lead in digs, totaling 265 … Averaged 2.35 digs per set … Picked up 10 or more digs in eight contests: Liberty (9/13), Illinois (9/21), Wake Forest (10/6), Clemson (10/20), Florida State (10/25), Miami (10/26 & 11/22) and North Carolina 11/29) … Registered a season-high 22 digs in Duke’s win over then-No. 16 Illinois Sept. 21 … Garnered ACC Freshman of the Week distinction Sept. 23 after helping the Blue Devils to wins over Big Ten opponents Indiana and Illinois … Averaged 4.43 digs per set over those two contests and committed just one error in 34 serve receive chances.

High School: Four-year letterwinner at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, N.C. … Ranked the No. 16 player in the nation and the No. 1 player in North Carolina according to MaxPreps … Listed as Prepvolleyball’s No. 55 Senior Ace, the second-highest ranking for a libero/defensive specialist … Led her high school team to a 27-1 record, Cap Eight conference championship, North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A East Regional title and a runner up fi nish in the NCHSAA 4A state tournament as a senior … Earned Maxpreps/AVCA North Carolina Player of the Week honors Nov. 5, 2012 after leading Leesville Road to a 3-2 win over Hoggard in the NCHSAA 4A East Regional championship … Totaled 17 kills, 15 digs, three aces and a block to lead the Pride to the state finals for the fi rst time in school history … Finished her senior campaign with 315 kills, 330 digs and 74 aces … Led her high school team in digs and aces in each of her fi nal three seasons … Totaled 363 kills and 90 aces to earn Cap Eight Conference Player of the Year honors as junior … Completed her sophomore season with 307 kills, 253 digs and 84 aces to earn team MVP accolades … Named to Prepvolleyball’s Sophomore 79 and Frosh 59 lists in 2011 and 2010, respectively … Played for the Triangle Volleyball Club since 2006 … Led the 2012 18 Black squad to an open bid at the Junior Nationals with a third-place fi nish at the Big South Qualifi er and a fourth-place showing at the Lone Star Qualifier … Guided club team to the Carolina Region championship from 2007-12, earning all-tournament team honors all six years including MVP distinction in 2007 and 2009 … Leesville Road Academic Excellence Award recipient all four years … Member of the Political Club as a senior.

Personal: Born Alexandra Karelov on November 22, 1994 in Brooklyn, N.Y. … Daughter of Evgeni and Marina Karelov … Has an older sister, Dasha (Karelov) Kenlan … Father was a Military Triathlon individual and team champion in Ukraine (1984-86) … Mother played volleyball at the Belarusian State University from 1985-89 and was a member of the Belarusian National Volleyball Team from 1984-86.(/p>


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