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Blue Devils Ground Eagles 3-1 for 20th Win
Saturday 11/20/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Jeme Obeime

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. -- Christiana Gray recorded a double-double with 10 blocks and 13 kills to lead Duke past Boston College 3-1 (30-32, 25-14, 25-21, 25-18) on Sunday afternoon in Power Gym.

Gray was one of four Duke players that recorded a double-double. She hit .444 for the match and made only one attack error while posting 10 of Duke's season-high 15 blocks. Ranked second in the ACC in hitting percentage, Gray hit over .400 for the 13th time this season and carded double-digit kills for the 11th time in Duke's last 14 matches.

Gray and All-American setter Kellie Catanach were on the same page for the entire match and spearheaded a Duke offense that hit .289 for the match and averaged nearly four kills for every attack error. Catanach dished out 53 assists and picked up 13 digs while directing Duke to hitting percentages of .312, .302 and .509 over the final three games.

Boston College stole a 32-30 decision in the first set, but Duke rebounded to win three straight to secure the victory. The win was the 20th of the season for the Blue Devils, who have posted eight consecutive 20-win seasons which is the longest active streak in the ACC.

Freshman Jeme Obeime tagged a career-high 16 kills and hit .361 on 36 attacks for the Blue Devils, and seniors Amanda Robertson and Sophia Dunworth both finished with double-digit kills. Obeime also picked up 10 digs for a double-double, and Dunworth matched her with 17 digs of her own.

Over their past three matches, the Blue Devils (20-8, 14-5 ACC) are hitting .276 as a team which is their best hitting percentage over a three-match span since beginning ACC play. Duke is also averaging over 12 blocks per match during that run as the team continues to peak heading into the final match of the season on Tuesday, Nov. 22, against Wake Forest.

"We had to work hard to get this win," Duke head coach Jolene Nagel said. "Once again, our blocking and defense was the key. We blocked and got touches on lot of balls, which allowed us to run our offense. That was really a big factor in allowing us to hit .289 as a team."

Six Duke players posted multiple blocks, including Gray (10 blocks), Robertson (7), Chelsea Cook (3) and Dunworth (3). Cook, a sophomore who has started 14 consecutive matches, now has three or more stops in five of her last six outings.

Libero Ali McCurdy racked up 24 more digs, giving her 611 on the year which ranks as the fifth highest total in school history. She is now averaging 5.71 digs per set, which ranks second on Duke's single-season list and is the highest by more than a full dig since the NCAA switched to the 25-point format in 2008.

Duke will play its season finale on Tuesday, Nov. 22, against Wake Forest in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Prior to the match, the Blue Devils will honor their senior class of Catanach, Dunworth, Kayla Kirk and Robertson, who have amassed a 99-30 record during their tenure with two ACC Championships and three NCAA Tournament appearances.

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