DURHAM, N.C. - Ali Becker and Lane Carico combined for 29 kills and just two attack errors to lead Miami past Duke 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-15) on Thursday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The loss ended a 22-match home ACC win streak for the Blue Devils, who had not lost to a conference team in Cameron Indoor Stadium since October 10, 2009 when Florida State won in five sets.
Becker and Carico were nearly flawless for the Hurricanes (22-3, 13-3 ACC), who won their seventh straight match and increased their hold on second place in the ACC standings. Becker went 15-for-20 with one attack error while Carico finished 14-for-30 with one error and 13 digs. Miami hit .333 against Duke, marking only the fifth time this season that a team hit over .300 against the Blue Devils.
"Miami showed a lot of ball control tonight and did a good job with their serve receive," Duke head coach Jolene Nagel said. "We didn't control the ball as well on the first touch, and we were just out of sorts. We weren't our typical selves, and good teams will do that to you."
Miami kept Duke (17-8, 11-5 ACC) in check offensively and held the Blue Devils to a .074 hitting percentage. Freshman Jeme Obeime knocked down a team-high seven kills for the Blue Devils, but Duke connected for just 28 kills on its 121 attacks. Duke All-ACC middle blocker Christiana Gray, who ranked second in the ACC with a .395 hitting percentage entering the match, hit just .250 as the Hurricanes saw five players post double-digit digs.
Duke libero Ali McCurdy, who leads the ACC and ranks eighth nationally in digs per set, totaled 14 digs and helped Duke hold Miami to just one service ace for the entire match. Senior All-ACC middle blocker Amanda Robertson also reached double digits with 12 digs, but Miami's aggressive offense was too much for the Blue Devils. Along with Carico and Becker's performances, Emani Sims went 7-for-14 and setter Katie Gallagher dished out 34 assists with four kills and 10 digs.
Miami ran away with the first set thanks to seven kills from Ali Becker and seven digs from Lane Carico. Neither Carico or Becker made an attack error as the Hurricanes hit .361 in the opener while holding Duke to a .079 clip.
Becker stayed hot in the second set and knocked down five more kills to lead the Hurricanes to a 25-16 win. Duke libero did her best to keep Miami's offense in check and logged six digs, but the Hurricanes continued to keep Duke off balance with a varied attack that saw five players finished with multiple kills.
Miami controlled the third set as well and came away with a 25-15 win to clinch the match. Obeime, Robertson, Sophia Dunworth and Megan Hendrickson all had blocks, but Miami still managed to knock down 17 kills to take home the win.
Next up, Duke will get a shot to take down ACC leader Florida State on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 1 p.m. The Seminoles boast a flawless 15-0 ACC record and the No. 17 ranking in the AVCA Coaches Poll. The match will serve as Duke Employee Appreciation Day, and the first 100 Duke employees in attendance will receive a Duke volleyball carabiner keychain.