Duke volleyball junior Nailah Waterfield will keep a weekly blog this season chronicling the Blue Devils' 2010-11 campaign. Last season, Duke won the 2010 ACC Championship, made the NCAA Tournament for the sixth straight year and advanced all the way to the Round of Eight.
Look for Nailah's blog every week during the season on GoDuke.com.
Duke Volleyball Blog #10 (October 18, 2011)
Countdown to Craziness
This past weekend is a weekend that many of us had been looking forward to for a while. After a couple weeks on the road we were returning home to our home court, we were going to get to see our first countdown to craziness, the honoring of one of our teammates, a little bit of Duke football, and a lot of family was coming into town.
After a couple weeks on the road, we were very excited to return to our home court of Cameron Indoor with some more ACC matchups. Cameron Indoor is one of our favorite things about Duke Volleyball, and we are getting to the time of the season where we are sharing more and more court time with Men's and Women's Basketball. Due to scheduling, we took the floor early Friday evening for a 4:30 p.m. matchup against Boston College. We wanted to get a three-set win for a number of reasons, and we were successful in notching our first sweep of the ACC season. From there, it was a quick clear-out so that hundreds of hands could get Cameron Indoor prepared for Countdown to Craziness.
If you haven't heard, Countdown to Craziness was awesome and I think we all left fired up and happy to know that we got to take the floor again in less than 24 hours to take on another ACC rival. Like Duke Basketball, Maryland was one of the teams we lost to last year, and we were determined to get that win back. The atmosphere started off great after we heard a beautiful national anthem from one of our favorite Duke Volleyball fans, and Sophia was honored for recording her 1,000th kill. With so many amazing athletes around Duke, it is easy to graze over our significant accomplishments...but 1,000 kills is huge and it felt great to give Sophia, one of the finest examples of a student-athlete I have ever seen, a moment to shine.
Saturday night resulted in a four-set win, and towards the end of the match we were playing some great volleyball. It was truly a team effort and after two big wins, we were all excited we had so much family around to see it. We even got to meet the newest member of the Duke Volleyball family, alumna Katie Gilman Davenport's 10-week old son Joshua.
The excitement never ends though because this week, we take on the Triangle teams with an ESPN U televised game Wednesday at 6 and N.C. State Friday at 7:00. Hope to see you all there!Nailah A. Waterfield