DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke University volleyball team hits the road this weekend, traveling to Virginia and Virginia Tech for a pair of ACC matches Friday and Saturday.
The Blue Devils take on the Cavaliers Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m., in Memorial Gymnasium with live stats and live video available through VirginiaSports.com. Duke then travels to Blacksburg, Va., Saturday for a 6 p.m., matchup against the Hokies in Cassell Coliseum. Live stats and live video are available Saturday via HokieSports.com.
Duke (11-10, 2-7 ACC) enters the weekend looking to rebound after a tough loss to Wake Forest Tuesday night. Freshman Emily Sklar knocked down team-high 17 kills with just two attack errors against the Demon Deacons, and currently leads the Blue Devils with a 3.11 kills per set average. Sophomore Jeme Obeime owns 222 kills on the season, the highest total on the Duke squad.
On defense, junior Ali McCurdy is averaging just under six digs per set after totaling 27 Tuesday evening. The libero from Tampa, Fla., is the only player in the ACC to average over five digs per set this season.
Virginia (6-14, 0-9 ACC) is coming off a 3-2 win at James Madison Tuesday night, which ended an eight-match losing streak for the Cavaliers. UVa's Tori Janowski leads the Cavalier offense with 177 kills on the year.
Duke has won its past 13 meetings with the Cavaliers and holds a 42-13 all-time record versus Virginia. The Blue Devils, who picked up two wins over the Cavaliers in 2011, have not lost to UVa since suffering a 3-1 setback October 7, 2005.
Virginia Tech (11-8, 4-5 ACC), which faces Wake Forest Friday before taking on Duke Saturday, began the season with an 11-4 mark, but has dropped its past four matches against tough ACC competition.
Kathryn Caine ranks third in the ACC in hitting percentage at .420, while Jennifer Wiker is averaging 3.35 kills per set to rank seventh in the conference.
The Blue Devils own a 24-2 all-time mark against Virginia Tech, including a pair of wins last season. Duke has won nine of the past 10 meetings between the two teams and last fell to the Hokies October 14, 2010.
Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium next weekend to play in-state rivals North Carolina and N.C. State. Duke and UNC are set for a 7 p.m., match Friday, October 26, while the Blue Devils and the Wolfpack are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m., bout Saturday, October 27.