DURHAM, N.C. – Carrie DeMange knocked down 27 kills and picked up 15 digs to lead No. 14 Duke to a 3-1 (30-18, 30-21, 33-35, 30-25) ACC victory over Maryland Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
DeMange turned in a .585 hitting percentage from a 27-for-41 attacking performance while committing just three errors on the night. She recorded at least five kills in each game, including eight in the final frame.
DeMange’s performance, along with four other Blue Devils who contributed double-digit kills, allowed Duke (7-3, 2-0 ACC) to post a .296 collective hitting percentage against the Terps, who entered the match holding opponents to a meager .128 clip. Sophomore Rachael Moss added 15 of Duke’s 79 kills while Jourdan Norman contributed 13 and Sue Carls and Becci Burling each collected 10. Burling, a freshman, had the most productive night of her college career against Maryland with career highs in kills, attacks and digs.
Senior setter Ali Hausfeld effectively ran the offense and finished with 69 assists and three kills. Libero Jenny Shull also topped 20 digs for the fifth time this season and contributed 54 service receptions without a single error.
The Blue Devils held Maryland (8-3, 0-2 ACC) to nine kills and a .097 hitting percentage in game one while turning in 19 kills on a .485 clip of their own. After swapping points all the way to 10-9, Duke went on an 8-3 run to pull ahead by seven. The Terps would squeak out two more points before another 8-3 Blue Devil run put Duke close enough to game point to seal the game one victory. Norman was near perfect in game one, connecting on five of her six attacks.
Duke held the momentum heading into game two and jumped out to a 10-4 lead. Maryland fought back to bring the deficit to four points, but that would be the closest the Terps would come to catching Duke in the second frame. Runs of 5-1 and 6-2 allowed Duke to build a nine-point lead which they maintained for the 30-21 win and a 2-0 lead.
Maryland made several defensive adjustments following the back-to-back opening game losses, which allowed the squad to stave off defeat with a 35-33 victory in the third frame. After totaling just five blocks over the first two games, Maryland posted seven total stops in game three while also cutting down immensely on attack errors. Duke still managed a .218 hitting percentage against Maryland’s adjusted defensive front, but the Terps refused to surrender the game and fought off four match-point situations. Duke threatened to put Maryland away with a 29-28 advantage, but a kill by Brown knotted the score at 29-29. The teams would then battle to four straight tied scores before Maryland forced back-to-back Duke attacking errors to claim the win.
DeMange shouldered the load in game four and slammed eight kills in the final frame without committing a single error. Duke could build no more than a four-point lead in the game, as Maryland fought to eight tied scores before eventually taking the lead at 20-19. With Duke trailing, however, DeMange and Hausfeld flashed their experience and teamed up for the next five Blue Devil kills to put Duke ahead 24-23. Duke would surrender only two more points for the remainder of the match before a service ace by Moss and a kill by Norman gave Duke its 13th-straight ACC victory.
Duke will take the court again on Saturday, Sept. 22 with an ACC contest against Boston College at 7 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium.