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Duke Gearing Up for Stretch Run
Saturday 11/16/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Coming off of a big 3-2 win over 17th-ranked ACC leader Florida State, the Duke volleyball team will close out the ACC regular season over the next six days with a pair of road matches at Maryland and Boston College on Nov. 18-20 and a home finale against Wake Forest on Nov. 22.

The Blue Devils (18-8, 12-5 ACC) dispatched both Maryland and Boston College in Cameron Indoor Stadium earlier this season and have won 10 of their last 12 matches against ACC opponents.

The Blue Devils (18-8, 12-5 ACC) handed Florida State its first ACC loss of the year last Sunday while playing one of their best matches of the 2011 season. The win could not have come at a better time as the Blue Devils are looking to peak heading into the end of the regular season and the start of the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.

Duke's late season surge has been keyed by junior middle blocker Christiana Gray who has developed into one of the best all-around players in the ACC and the focal point of Duke's offense. Gray has seen a significant rise in attacks this season, and with good reason as she is on pace to set career highs in hitting percentage and kills per set. She ranks second in the ACC with a .390 hitting percentage while averaging 2.78 kills per set and over 4.6 kills for every attack error.

Gray's effectiveness has opened up holes for other Blue Devils. Four players, including Gray, Sophia Dunworth, Amanda Robertson and Jeme Obeime have all amassed over 200 kills this season, and setter Kellie Catanach ranks second in the ACC with 10.99 assists per set.

After the weekend road trip, Duke will return to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a rare Tuesday matchup against Wake Forest. The Nov. 22 matchup will begin at 7 p.m. and will also serve as the team's Senior Day. Prior to the match, Duke will honor the senior class of Kellie Catanach, Sophia Dunworth, Amanda Robertson and Kayla Kirk for their contributions to the program over the past four seasons.

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