DURHAM, N.C. – Sophomores Elizabeth Campbell and Emily Sklar combined for 28 kills as the Duke volleyball team downed Indiana 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-18) Friday evening at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils’ victory marked the first three-game sweep of a Big Ten opponent in program history.
Sklar added three blocks to go along with her match-high 15 kills, bring her team-leading total to 107 kills on the season. Campbell hit a match-high .478, adding 13 kills, seven digs and three blocks. Together, the tandem posted a .418 hitting percentage, helping the Blue Devils hit .337 as a team.
“Both those kids [Campbell and Sklar] played quite a bit as freshmen and now they’re sophomores,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “It’s really exciting to see them have matches like this tonight because not everything is so new to them anymore. They’re feeling a little bit more comfortable. They’re not afraid to go after it, and we’re reaping the benefits of them having a year’s experience under their belt and having a better understanding of what this level of volleyball is all about.”
Indiana (8-2) entered Friday’s match ranked 12th nationally in hitting percentage, but the Hoosiers struggled to find a rhythm against the Blue Devils. Duke totaled 7.5 team blocks to 1.0 for Indiana, and limited the Hoosiers to a .081 hitting percentage overall.
“I was really excited the way we were focused and ready to go at the start of the match,” Nagel said. “I thought we did a good job of maintaining that intensity throughout. We did have great starts almost in all three sets. That really helped us because we had a little bit of a breakdown in set two. We helped ourselves by having such great starts. I was really pleased with how our team played and competed tonight.”
Duke (9-2) trailed 11-9 to start the first set, but a 6-0 run catapulted the Blue Devils ahead. A Chelsea Cook service ace made it 18-13 before Duke finished the set on a 7-3 run. The Blue Devils utilized 4.5 team blocks to hold Indiana to .000 hitting, while Sklar paced the offense with six kills.
Duke’s momentum carried over into the second stanza as the Blue Devils jumped out to an 11-2 advantage. Indiana made it move following a timeout, putting together a 6-1 spurt to pull within three points. Duke had an answer and regained control of the set with a 5-2 run. Campbell led the way with four kills while senior Ali McCurdy aided Duke’s defense with five digs.
The Blue Devils won the first five points of the third set and never looked back, winning the frame 25-18. Obeime knocked down the final kill to clinch the victory, one of six for the Carmel, Ind., native in the set and nine on the evening.
McCurdy finished the match with a team-high 11 digs, bringing her season total to 133. Freshman Jordan Tucker led all players with four blocks. Junior Maggie Deichmeister totaled 37 assists, six digs and a block.
Amelia Anderson led the Hoosiers with nine kills followed by Jordan Haverly with eight. Caitlin Hansen added 12 digs and Katie Gallagher had 18 assists and three aces.
Duke faces its second Big Ten opponent in as many days, welcoming No. 16 Illinois to Cameron Saturday at 6:30 p.m.