DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 16 Duke volleyball team swept Wake Forest 3-0 (30-13, 30-23, 30-27) in its ACC opener Tuesday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With the win, the Blue Devils (6-3, 1-0 ACC) run their home winning streak to 35 straight matches. The Blue Devils have also won 11 straight meetings against ACC opponents dating back to 2006, and 30 of their last 31 conference matchups dating back to 2005.
Sophomore Rachael Moss paced Duke with 17 kills while also picking up 14 digs for her team-leading sixth double-double. Senior Carrie DeMange also recorded a double-double, her fourth on the year, with 12 kills and 16 digs. Junior Jourdan Norman led all players with a .615 hitting percentage on nine kills in 13 attempts in addition to her match-high four blocks. Senior setter Ali Hausfeld tossed up 40 assists while classmate Jenny Shull totaled a match-high 18 digs.
Natalie Mullikin led Wake Forest (3-7, 0-1 ACC) with 12 kills on 24 attacks for a .417 clip while Abby Miller contributed 10 digs.
Duke came out swinging in game one and posted a .417 collective hitting percentage while holding the Demon Deacons to a mark of -.029 in the 30-10 victory. The Blue Devils built up a 25-9 lead on the effort of Moss, who finished 7-of-13 attacking with two assisted blocks in game one. DeMange also contributed five kills in nine attempts in the opening game.
Wake Forest started on the offensive in game two and jumped out to a 7-2 lead before Duke rallied with a 7-1 run to take the lead for good. After overcoming the early deficit, the Blue Devils went ahead by as much as eight points on the way to the game two victory. Moss and Norman each contributed five more kills while DeMange and Wherry added three each to help the squad to a .395 clip in the second frame.
Wake Forest was able to hold Duke to a .283 hitting percentage and posted four blocks in game three, but could not overcome six attacking errors and three service errors in the 30-27 loss. The Blue Devils held the lead until the Demon Deacons knotted the score at 21-21, but Duke climbed back on top with a 5-1 run. Wake Forest would not go quietly, however, and came within one point after a 4-0 run. Duke would not be denied its first ACC win of the season though, and ended the match on kills by Becci Burling and Moss.
Duke will return to Cameron Indoor for two more ACC meetings this weekend on Sept. 21-22, with bouts against Maryland on Friday and Boston College on Saturday.