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Duke Volleyball: 2012 in Review
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/09/2013
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Blue Devil Pair Earns ACC Honors
• Libero Ali McCurdy was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season and was one of two Blue Devils to appear on the All-ACC team.
• Joining McCurdy, a junior, on the All-ACC team was senior middle blocker Christiana Gray.
• Both Gray and McCurdy were also named to the All-ACC team in 2010 and 2011.
• In addition, rookies Elizabeth Campbell and Emily Sklar garnered spots on the ACC All-Freshman Team.
Gray Reaches 1,000 Kills
• On Oct. 19, 2012, Blue Devil senior middle blocker Christiana Gray became the 21st Duke player to reach 1,000 career kills.
• With 1,112 kills, Gray finished her career ranked  18th on Duke’s career list.
• She had at least 280 kills in each of her final three seasons, including a career-best 317 as a senior.
• Of the 21 players in Duke’s 1,000-kill club, head coach Jolene Nagel and associate head coach John Wasielewski have coached 10, including kills record holder Carrie DeMange.
McCurdy Breaks Own Digs Record
• Ali McCurdy, who was named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012, broke Duke’s single-season digs record for the second consecutive season.
• The junior libero broke her own single-season record in Duke’s match at Clemson Nov. 16 and ended the season with 672 digs, topping her mark of 653 set just last season.
• She amassed 20 or more digs in 16 matches while surpassing 30 digs three times.
• McCurdy also ranked first in the ACC and 38th nationally, averaging 5.25 digs per set.
• She is the fastest player in Duke history to reach 1,000 career digs and is on pace to set the all-time record for digs per set (5.27).
• With 1,945 career digs, McCurdy ranks second in the Duke career record books and needs 255 digs to  break the school career record (2,200 held by Jenny Shull).
• In the ACC record books, the Tampa, Fla., native ranks ninth in career digs and is 358 digs shy of setting the conference career standard (2,303 held by Didem Ege of Clemson).
• She is also the only player in conference history to average over five digs per set for her career.
Gray Leaves Mark in Duke, ACC Records
• Christiana Gray wrapped up a stellar career in 2012, leaving her mark in both the Duke and ACC record books.
• With 1,112 career kills, she finished 18th in the school record book, while her .350 career hitting percentage is good for third at Duke and eighth all-time in the ACC.
• In addition, Gray totaled 491 career blocks and averaged 1.03 per set. Those numbers rank fourth and tied for seventh in school history.
Balanced Attack
• Duke had five players finish with at least 200 kills in 2012.
• The Blue Devils have had at least four players top 200 kills in each of the past seven seasons.
• Five players handled at least 550 attacks, and none took over 1,000.
• Sophomore Jeme Obeime led the way with 320 kills followed by freshman Emily Sklar (319), senior Christiana Gray (317), freshman Elizabeth Campbell (296) and junior Chelsea Cook (247).
• Duke had six different players lead the team in kills in 2012, while four different Blue Devils registered 15 or more kills in a single match and two topped 20 kills.
Nagel Reaches Milestones
• Duke head coach Jolene Nagel recorded her 500th career win with a victory over Northeastern Sept. 8, 2012 in the final match of the Duke Classic.
• Nagel owns a 507-278 record during a 24-year career, which includes head coaching stints at Cornell, Georgetown and Duke.
• Nagel also earned wins 300 and 400 during her 14-year career at Duke.
• With 304 victories as a Blue Devil, Nagel also owns Duke’s all-time wins record, which was previously held by Jon Wilson at 301.
• Nagel already ranks fourth all-time in the ACC in career wins at a conference school and fifth in winning percentage. She ranks third in ACC victories and fifth in ACC winning percentage.
Defensive Dominance
• Duke has annually been one of the best defensive teams in the ACC, ranking among the top two in the league in opponent hitting percentage in five of the last eight seasons.
• Duke has led the ACC in that category four times in the past seven years.
• Over their last 148 matches, the Blue Devils allowed only 14 teams to hit over .300 against them. Duke allowed only two opponents to hit over .300.
• Cumulatively, Duke’s opponents have not hit over .200 during any of head coach Jolene Nagel’s previous 13 seasons.
• Dating back to 2009, Duke has held 87 teams under .200 hitting and 27 teams under .100 hitting.
Duke One of ACC Leaders in Attendance
• With an average of 1,284 fans per home match, Duke ranked second in the ACC in volleyball attendance and 31st nationally.
• Duke drew a total of 19,255 fans in 2012, including 3,217 against North Carolina (Oct. 26).
• Duke drew over 2,000 fans four times in 2012.
Home Court Advantage
• The Duke volleyball team performs best on its home court in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils boast a 151-30 (.834) home record since 2000 with a 38-match win streak that ran from 2004 to 2007.
Academic Achievement
• Duke volleyball has built a sterling academic reputation and is one of the most academically-decorated athletic programs at Duke University.
• Over the past three seasons, nearly every member of the team has held a GPA over 3.00 for the entire academic year and appeared on the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
• Additionally, the team received the AVCA Team Academic Award for the ninth straight year in 2011-12. That award recognizes programs that maintain a team grade point average of at least 3.30 for the entire academic year.
• The Blue Devils scored a perfect 1000 in the most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) and were one of 13 Duke programs to be honored by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent nationally in their sport.
• Duke has placed at least four players on the All-ACC Academic Volleyball Team every year since the award was first instituted in 2006.