DURHAM, N.C. - After seven-consecutive matches on the road, the Duke volleyball team returns home this weekend for a pair of ACC contests in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils play host to Maryland Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m., then face Boston College Saturday, October 6 at 8 p.m.
The Blue Devils (9-7, 0-4 ACC), who are set to play in Cameron for the first time since downing Northeastern September 8, have posted an unblemished, 6-0 record at home this season. Junior libero Ali McCurdy leads the league and ranks eighth nationally averaging 5.76 digs per set. McCurdy vaulted into the Duke record books with 37 digs against Miami last week, a performance that ties for second in the school single match record books, as she became the only Blue Devil to ever top 35 digs in a four-set match.
On offense, Duke has two outside hitter averaging over three kills per set this season in sophomore Jeme Obeime and freshman Emily Sklar. Maggie Deichmeister, Christina Vucich and Kelsey Williams have shared the setting duties to start the year with all three topping 150 assists in 2012. In addition, junior middle blocker Chelsea Cook leads the team in hitting percentage as well as total blocks with 69 this season.
Maryland (10-6, 2-3 ACC) arrives in Durham Friday winners of five of their last seven matches. The Terps split their past two decision, dropping a five-set decision to Virginia Tech before rebounding with a win over Virginia. Sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher leads Maryland with 202 kills and 482 attack attempts, averaging 3.54 kill per set to rank sixth in the conference.
Friday's contest marks the 65th meeting in the all-time series between the two schools. Duke holds a 39-25 advantage over Maryland as the Blue Devils have won nine of the two teams' past 10 meetings.
Boston College (8-9, 2-3 ACC) went 1-1 in two home matches last weekend with a 3-0 victory over Virginia and a 3-0 loss to Virginia Tech. Freshman Katty Workman leads the Eagles and the ACC with 244 total kills for an average of 4.07 kills per set. Sophomore Courtney Castle ranks 10th in the conference, averaging 3.35 digs per set after compiling nine double-doubles on the season.
The Eagles and the Blue Devils have met 13 times since Boston College joined the conference prior to the 2005 season. Duke has never lost to BC, winning all 13 matchups in program history.
Duke continues its current homestretch next weekend, welcoming ACC-foes Georgia Tech and Clemson to Cameron. The Blue Devils and the Yellow Jackets square off Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m., while Duke and Clemson are set for a 7 p.m., contest Saturday, October 13.