CORAL GABLES, Fla. Ė Ali Hausfeld tossed up 47 assists to become Duke’s all-time assists leader and lead the Blue Devils to a 3-0 (30-25, 30-19, 30-19) sweep over Miami Sunday afternoon at the Knights Sports Complex.
With 47 assists against the Hurricanes, Hausfeld brought her career total to 5,101 to surpass Duke’s previous record of 5,082, held by Kristen Campbell since 1997. Hausfeld currently tops the ACC with 633 assists and a 14.07 per game average and is on pace for her fourth consecutive season with more than 1,300 assists.
Hausfeld effectively spread the ball around against Miami (8-6, 2-3 ACC), allowing four of her teammates to reach double-digit kills, including Carrie DeMange and Rachael Moss, who each added 17, and Sue Carls and Jourdan Norman, who racked up 10 apiece. The quartet guided Duke (10-3, 5-0 ACC) to a season-high .477 hitting percentage with all four attackers turning in final percentages over .450. Moss led the Blue Devils with a .600 clip, while Carls finished at .562, Norman at .529 and DeMange at .464.
“This was a wonderful accomplishment for Ali and we’re all so happy that she was able to achieve this,” head coach Jolene Nagel said. “For her to secure this record is a real honor because there have been a lot of great setters that have come through Duke. She is very talented, has worked very hard and is extremely deserving of this record. We understand that it has taken not just her efforts, but that of our entire team to reach the record and we’re all excited to be a part of her accomplishment.”
Hausfeld also helped on the defensive end with eight digs and a block, one of five on the day for Duke. Norman helped out on four stops, including two solo blocks, while Moss, Carls and DeMange got in on one each. Senior libero Jenny Shull led Duke with 14 digs while DeMange picked up 10 for her sixth consecutive double-double.
Ashley Woods paced Miami with a .625 attack percentage on 10-for-16 attacking, while Genny Mayhew led the team with 16 kills and setter Katie Gallagher tossed up 34 assists.
Duke held the lead for all of game one and fought off a late Miami rally to hold on for the 30-25 victory. After the Blue Devils led by as much as eight points at 20-12, Miami fought back to within two at 25-23. Duke would call a timeout to regroup, however, and posted a 5-2 run on kills by DeMange, Moss and Norman to finish off the Hurricanes.
Moss powered Duke to a 30-19 win in game two by hammering eight kills on 10 attacks without committing an error. Duke posted a .545 hitting percentage in the second frame while holding Miami to a .233 clip. After surrendering the first point, Duke built a six-point lead and trailed by no less than five for the remainder of the game.
The Blue Devils offered a more balanced attack in game three, as five players split 21 kills with DeMange and Carls leading the way with five each in the 30-19 triumph. Duke posted a .500 clip in the final game while holding Miami to a .205 percentage.
“I thought our team did a great job of minimizing errors today,” Nagel said. “We served well and really cut down on our attack errors, which allowed us to gain momentum and maintain it throughout the match. Ali really did a great job of distributing the ball to a lot of different people, and having four of our best players in double figures is an example of how she is able to mix up the offense. Defensively, I would like to have seen us block some more balls, but we did a good job of getting our hands on their attacks to set up some digs.”
The Blue Devils will continue their five-match road slate with a bout against in-state rival N.C. State on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Raleigh, N.C. Duke will then take on North Carolina on Oct. 7 before facing Wake Forest on Oct. 9.