DURHAM, N.C. – Duke put down 48 kills and hit .350 as a team to earn its first ACC win of the season in commanding fashion, downing Boston College 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-17) Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Duke (7-5, 1-1, ACC) committed just 13 attack errors on 100 attempts, good for its second highest hitting percentage of the season behind only a .398 performance against Cincinnati September 7. In contrast, the Blue Devils totaled 13.0 blocks to limit Boston College (12-3, 2-1 ACC) to a .127 clip.
“I’m excited the way the team executed tonight,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “We didn’t have that many errors. We had a tough week of practice. There were a lot of repetitions with the setters and the hitters trying to make sure we were connecting. It was fun to see be able to connect consistently out there tonight.”
Junior rightside hitter Samantha Amos had 10 kills on .727 hitting and did not commit an attack error on 18 attempts. Freshman outside hitter Ade Owokoniran joined Amos in double-digits, putting down 10 kills for her fifth-straight game in double-digit kills and eight on the season.
The standout Duke performances did not end with Amos and Owokoniran. Middle blocker Leah Meyer hit .500, had eight kills and led all players with eight blocks. Meyer was one of four Blue Devils to pick up four or more blocks, joining Lily Cooper (5), Andie Shelton (4) and Amos (4).
Duke increased its hitting percentage in each set. The Blue Devils were close to .300 in the first, hitting .295, before ending the night with a .423 percentage in the third and final frame.
The Blue Devils trailed in both the first two sets before putting together momentum-shifting runs. After winning the first, 25-21, Duke fell behind 9-3 in the second before a 15-8 spurt gave the Blue Devils an advantage they would not relinquish.
The third belonged entirely to Duke, resulting in a 14-7 lead and concluding with a 25-17 stanza.
Defensive specialist Kelli Kalinoski led the Blue Devils with 12 digs while Shelton had a pair of aces to go along with eight kills, four digs and four blocks.
Jewel Strawberry reached 10 kills to pace the Eagles.
Duke returns to action at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 30 against Syracuse.