DURHAM, N.C. -- Senior outside hitter Cadie Bates recorded her second consecutive double-double in Duke's 3-0 (25-23, 25-17, 25-18) victory over Boston College Sunday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Bates totaled a match-high 14 kills to go along with 13 digs to help Duke improve to 11-4 overall and 3-1 in ACC play. Boston College left Cameron still in search of its first conference victory this season, falling to 3-11 overall and 0-5 in league matches.
Bates’ double-double is her team-leading seventh of the season and second in as many matches. The senior from Temecula, Calif., committed two attack errors on 30 attempts, good for a .400 hitting percentage.
“I felt really confident going up there to swing,” said Bates. “[Setters] Emma [Paradiso] and Haley [Seyfarth] and Sarah [Nelson] were putting up some really good sets for me. It felt good passing wise and defense wise. Just getting patient and calm in the back row, staying deep and just watching [Boston College’s] hands helped me a lot.”
Senior middle blocker Anna Kropf had a standout performance for the Blue Devils as well. Kropf knocked down 10 kills on .529 hitting to go along with four blocks. As a team, Duke totaled 47 kills on .282 hitting, compared to Boston College’s 32 kills and .173 clip.
“[I’m] really excited we were able to come out and get this today,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “We didn’t have our best performance Thursday night, so it was important for our team to go after it on defense today. I think we did that. Our setters did a good job of mixing things up so we could get the kills we needed.”
Duke overcame a slow start to set one to end the stanza on a 10-4 run. The Blue Devils trailed 19-15 before their late rally, instigated by two kills each from Bates, Payton Schwantz and Samantha Amos. An Amos kill wrapped up the set, 25-23.
The Blue Devils never trailed in a strong second set, winning it 25-17. Bates and Schwantz added four kills each to lead Duke offensively, while Amos totaled three of her five blocks to aid the defense.
Duke and Boston College traded points early in the third prior to a decisive 9-3 Blue Devil spurt. Up 14-8, Duke never allowed the Eagles the chance to rally, capturing the third and final set, 25-18.
Next up, the Blue Devils travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a 6:30 p.m., matchup at North Carolina Friday, Oct. 6 on ACC Network Extra.