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Emily Sklar
Sklar Named AVCA Third Team All-American
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/18/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. – ACC Player of the Year Emily Sklar has earned third team All-America honors as announced by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Wednesday.
A 6-3 outside hitter, Sklar guided Duke (28-5, 18-2 ACC) to the 2013 conference crown, totaling 405 kills, 222 digs, 24 service aces and 43 blocks during her sophomore campaign. In addition, junior setter Maggie Deichmeister, senior libero Ali McCurdy and junior outside hitter Jeme Obeime garnered AVCA All-America honorable mention status.
Sklar, the only sophomore in Duke history to garner conference player of the year recognition, knocked down 3.89 kills per set to rank second in the ACC. She is the first Blue Devil to amass over 400 kills since Rachael Moss in 2008 as Sklar put down 10 or more kills in 28 of her 30 matches played. Her average rose to 4.09 kills per game in conference matches, and she also tied for the team lead with 10 double-doubles.
An all-region and All-ACC pick, Deichmeister earned his first All-America honor after directing a potent Duke offense that led the league in both kills per set and assists per set. The Whitehall, Pa., native finished the regular season ranked first in the ACC and 17th nationally in assists per game. Deichmeister dished out 50 or more assists on seven occasions and also tied for the team lead with 10 double-doubles.
Three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Year McCurdy also picked up her third consecutive All-America honorable mention nod in 2013. The Tampa, Fla., native led the team with 593 digs, totaling 10-plus digs in 59 consecutive matches dating back to last season. The ACC career digs leader, she is just the 12th player in NCAA history to top 2,500 digs, amassing 2,538 over her four seasons in Durham. McCurdy is the lone Blue Devil to register 500 or more digs in each of her four campaigns and the only Duke player in school history to average over 5.00 digs per set for a career.
An All-ACC and AVCA All-East Coast Region honoree, Obeime took home All-America honorable mention distinction for the first time in her career. She totaled a career-best 376 kills in 2013, marking her second straight season with 300 or more kills. Obeime averaged 3.30 kills per set while posting a career-best .394 hitting percentage. The Carmel, Ind., native put down 10 or more kills in 22 matches and hit over .300 in 14 contests.
Sklar is the third Duke player to earn a spot on the first, second or third team, and the first since setter Kellie Catanach earned third team distinction following the 2010 season. In total, sixteen Duke players have received AVCA All-America recognition since 2004.