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Ali McCurdy and Emily Sklar
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Ali McCurdy and Emily Sklar
McCurdy, Sklar Tabbed Preseason All-ACC
Thursday 08/26/2013  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Atlantic Coast Conference released its 2013 Predicated Order of Finish and Preseason All-ACC Team Monday with Duke volleyball senior libero Ali McCurdy and sophomore outside hitter Emily Sklar garnering preseason all-league honors. The Blue Devils were picked to finish sixth in the conference as determined by a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.
 
Senior co-captain McCurdy earned her second consecutive ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2012 after she ended the season with 672 digs, breaking the school record for the second time in as many seasons. A three-time AVCA Honorable Mention All-America, All-East Region and All-ACC honoree, McCurdy is 255 digs shy of setting the school career record.
 
San Jose, Calif., native Sklar had an immediate impact on the Blue Devils during her rookie campaign, earning All-ACC Freshman Team honors. A two-time ACC Freshman of the Week, she finished the 2012 season with 319 kills, 235 digs, 35 blocks and 23 service aces. Sklar also led the team with 10 double-doubles and reached double-digit kills in 18 matches.
 
A total of 10 teams were represented on the 2013 Preseason All-ACC Team. Miami lead all schools with four selections, followed by Duke, Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina and Notre Dame with two selections each. Eight of the 18 selections earned 2012 All-ACC honors, while four received 2012 All-ACC Freshman Team citations.
 
Florida State was tabbed the unanimous preseason favorite as the Seminoles are in the hunt for their third consecutive ACC title. The league’s coaches voted North Carolina second, while Miami, Notre Dame and NC State round out the top five.
 
The Blue Devils open the 2013 season Friday, Aug. 30, traveling to Gainesville, Fla., for the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. Duke takes on LIU Brooklyn Friday at 10 a.m., before facing New Orleans at 5:30 p.m. The Blue Devils conclude the season-opening tournament against host-team Florida Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
 
 Name  Class  Position  School
 Katty Workman  So.  Outside Hitter  Boston College
 Mo Simmons  Sr.  Outside Hitter   Clemson 
 Emily Sklar  So.   Outside Hitter  Duke 
 Ali McCurdy  Sr.   Defensive Specialist/Libero  Duke 
 Olivera Medic  Sr.  Outside Hitter  Florida State
 Ashley Neff  Sr.  Middle Blocker   Florida State 
 Chanell Clark-Bibbs   So.    Middle Blocker  Georgia Tech
 Ashleigh Crutcher  Jr.   Outside Hitter  Maryland
 Adreene Elliot  Jr.   Middle Blocker   Maryland 
 Alex Johnson  Sr.  Right Side  Miami
 Alexis Mourning  Jr.  Middle Blocker  Miami
 Ryan Shaffer  Sr.   Defensive Specialist   Miami 
 Emani Sims  Jr.   Middle Blocker   Miami 
 Chaniel Nelson  Jr.    Right Side   North Carolina
 Paige Neuenfeldt  So.   Middle Blocker   North Carolina 
 Jeni Houser  Jr.  Middle Blocker/ Right Side   Notre Dame 
 Toni Alugbue  Jr.   Outside Hitter   Notre Dame 
 Victoria Hamsher  Sr.  Middle Blocker  Virginia Tech

 

 No.  Team  2012 Record (ACC)
 1  Florida State  28-4 (18-2)
 2  North Carolina   26-6 (16-4)
 3  Miami  25-6 (17-3) 
 4  Notre Dame  20-10
 5  NC State  22-10 (12-8)
 6  Duke  15-17 (6-14)
 7  Virginia Tech  16-14 (9-11)
 8  Clemson  21-10 (12-8)
 9  Georgia Tech  19-12 (10-10)
 10  Maryland  17-15 (8-12)
 11  Virginia  9-22 (3-17)
 12  Syracuse  12-18
 13  Pitt  17-14
 14  Boston College  

 10-22 (4-16)

 15  Wake Forest

 11-21 (5-15)

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