Duke Volleyball BIO
5 Ali McCurdy
2013: Duke’s starting libero in all 33 matches … Picked up her third straight honorable mention AVCA All-America honors … Tabbed to the AVCA All-East Coast Region squad … Garnered her fourth All-ACC nod with first team honors … Earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year recognition for the third consecutive season … Became the first student-athlete in ACC history to win three straight individual volleyball awards … Also became the fifth player in program history to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors … Pulled in Capital One Academic All-District III recognition as well … Named ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Became the fourth Blue Devil to collect All-ACC Academic Team accolades all four season … Led the league in digs per set (5.10) … Amassed 2,538 digs over her four-year career to set the career standard for both the ACC and Duke … The only Blue Devil to register 500 or more digs in each of her four collegiate seasons … Also the only player in school history to average over 5.00 digs per set for a career … Led the team with 593 digs, totaling 10-plus digs in 59 consecutive matches dating back to 2012 … Topped the 20-dig plateau on 10 occasions, including each of Duke’s final four matches … Earned ACC Player of the Week honors Dec. 2 after helping Duke clinch the ACC title with wins over NC State and North Carolina … Amassed 65 digs over those two contests, averaging 7.22 digs per set … Matched a career-high with 37 digs versus NC State, a mark that is tied for second in the Duke single match records … Added 28 digs in Duke’s five-set victory over then-No. 14 North Carolina to seal the Blue Devils’ outright claim on the 2013 ACC Championship … Also took home Diet Coke Classic All-Tournament Team and Duke Invitational All-Tournament Team honors.
2012: Earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season ... Tabbed AVCA Honorable Mention All-America ... Garnered AVCA All-East Region Honors ... Named All-ACC ... Earned All-ACC Academic Team accolades ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Broke the school single-season digs record for the second time in as many seasons ... Ended the season with 672 digs, topping her mark of 653 set in 2011 ... Ranked first in the ACC and 38th nationally, averaging 5.25 digs per set ... Garnered All-ACC and AVCA All-East Region honors for the third straight season ... Amassed 20 or more digs in 16 matches while surpassing 30 digs three times ... Picked up a career-high 37 digs at Miami Sept. 28 ... Her 37 digs against the Hurricanes is tied the the second-highest single-game total in the Duke record books ... Also the only Blue Devil to amass over 35 digs in a four-set match ... Picked up over 30 digs versus North Carolina and Clemson as well ... Had at least 10 digs in all but one match ... Duke's most consistent server with a .973 serve percentage to go along with nine service aces.
2011: Duke’s starting libero for the second straight season ... Broke the Duke single-season digs record with 653 in 2011 ... Named ACC Defensive Player of the Year ... AVCA All-America Honorable Mention honoree ... Picked up AVCA All-East Region and All-ACC accolades ... The only libero to take home ACC Player of the Week honors, which she earned on October 24 after averaging 8.17 digs in Duke’s victories over North Carolina and NC State ... Tabbed to the All-ACC Academic Volleyball team ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll ... Led the conference in digs ... Ranked 12th nationally, averaging 5.73 digs per set, which is the second highest average in school history and the best single-season mark in the ACC since the NCAA adopted the 25-point scoring format in 2008 ... Reached 30 digs four times in 2011 ... Had at least 10 digs in all but one match ... The fastest player in Duke history to reach 1,000 career digs ... Anchored a defensive unit that held opponents to a .196 hitting percentage ... One of Duke’s top servers with a .978 serve percentage.
2010: Won the libero job in the preseason and took no time to adjust to the role...Named AVCA All-East Region and AVCA All-America Honorable Mention...Tabbed All-ACC and to the ACC All-Freshman Team...Also named to the All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team and to the ACC Academic Honor Roll...Ranked second in the ACC with 620 digs and third with 4.88 digs per set...Anchored a defensive unit that held opponents to a .173 hitting percentage...Topped 30 digs twice...Had 20 digs in 19 of Duke’s 34 matches...One of Duke’s most reliable servers, leading the team with a .965 serve percentage...Made just six receiving errors over her final 14 matches...Collected 19 digs in both of Duke’s NCAA Regional matches.
High School: A four-year letterwinner and team captain at Plant High School...Led Plant to four consecutive state championships...Named to the Under Armour All-America and AVCA All-America second teams as a senior...First team all-state selection...First team all-county...Compiled 1,647 digs and 203 aces during her prep career......Played High School volleyball with current Duke setter Kellie Catanach...Played with the Tampa Bay Juniors club and helped the squad to the 2007 Junior National Volleyball Championships...Also led her 15-under squad to the Junior Olympics National Title while being named to the JO All-Tournament Team...Lettered four years on the Plant track team where she ran the 100-meter, 330-meter hurdles and 4x100 relay...Qualified for the Florida Regionals in 2007, 2008 and 2009...Member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society...On the Plant High School Executive Board and the Student Advisory Committee...Volunteers at the Faith Café serving lunch to the homeless and individuals in need...Also active with the Best Buddies mentors program for special needs individuals...Wrote for the Pep-O-Plant school newspaper...Attended the National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.