DURHAM, N.C. – Following a standout career with Duke volleyball, senior Ali McCurdy garnered ACC Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades and headlines a list of six Blue Devils selected to the All-ACC Academic Team.
The fifth player in school history to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors, McCurdy is just the fourth Blue Devil to garner All-ACC Academic Team distinction all four seasons, joining Sophia Dunworth, Christiana Gray and Rachael Moss.
A libero from Tampa, Fla., McCurdy wrapped her distinguished career with yet another sensational season, garnering honorable mention AVCA All-America, AVCA All-East Coast Region, ACC Defensive Player of the Year and All-ACC honors. She ended her career with an ACC-record 2,538 career digs, becoming just the 12th player in NCAA history to reach 2,500 digs in a career. McCurdy is the only Blue Devil to register 500 or more digs in each of her four seasons and the only player in school history to average over 5.00 digs per set for a career.
Joining McCurdy on the All-ACC Academic Team are senior Chelsea Cook, juniors Maggie Deichmeister and Jeme Obeime, sophomore Emily Sklar and freshman Jordan Tucker. Cook and Obeime are both two-time selections to the academic squad, while Deichmeister, Sklar and Tucker earn their first career citations.
A consistent presence in the Duke lineup, middle blocker Cook led the team in blocks for the second consecutive season. Also a strong offensive target, she knocked down over 200 kills for the second straight season, putting down a career-best 256 in 2013. For her career, she totaled 326 blocks and 602 kills while pursuing a degree in psychology with a double-minor in education and cultural anthropology. A 2013 second team All-ACC performer, Cook is also a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection.
Deichmeister, a setter from Whitehall, Pa., picked up her first all-conference honors in 2013, directing a potent Duke offense that led the league in both kills per set and assists per set. Deichmeister tossed up 50 or more assists seven times this season and led the league with an 11.38 assist per set average. In addition, she tied for the team lead with 10 double-doubles.
Outside hitter Obeime earned her first career All-ACC accolades this past season after totaling a career-best 376 kills. Her second straight season with 300 or more kills, Obeime averaged 3.30 kills per frame and posted a career-best .291 hitting percentage. The Carmel, Ind., native dropped 10-plus kills in 22 matches and hit over .300 14 times. Obeime will enter her senior campaign with 934 career kills, 66 shy of becoming the 22nd player in Duke history to top the 1,000 career kill mark.
The 2013 ACC Player of the Year, Sklar became the third Duke player to earn a spot on the AVCA All-America team, garnering third team distinction. The San Jose, Calif., native is the only sophomore in Duke history to collect conference player of the year honors as Sklar led the team with 405 kills, averaging 3.89 per to set rank second in the league. She is the first Duke player to knock down over 400 kills in a single season since 2008, knocking down 10 or more kills in 28 contests, including 25 straight to end the season. Sklar also tied for the team lead with 10 double-doubles and finished the campaign with 222 digs.
An All-ACC Freshman Team honoree, middle blocker Tucker finished second on the team in blocks, averaging just under 1.00 blocks per frame. The Prairie Village, Kan., native totaled four or more stops 14 times and was also a threat on offense, dropping 222 kills to rank fifth on the squad.