TALLAHASSE, Fla. -- The No. 14 Duke volleyball team swept Florida State 3-0 Friday evening at Tully Gym to remain atop the ACC standings.
Duke (9-3, 4-0 ACC) held Florida State to a .126 hitting percentage while forcing 22 attack errors and 15 service errors. With the win, Duke has defeated 14 consecutive ACC opponents dating back to 2006 and currently boasts the best record in the ACC.
Senior Carrie DeMange paced Duke’s offense with 11 kills on 27 attacks for a .259 attack percentage while picking up 12 digs for a double-double. Sophomore Rachael Moss also reached double figures with 10 kills, while juniors Sue Carls and Jourdan Norman turned in a combined 11 kills and hitting percentages over .500. Senior libero Jenny Shull matched DeMange with 12 digs for the team lead.
The Blue Devils knocked down 10 blocks against the Seminoles, including five in game two. Senior setter Ali Hausfeld, DeMange and Norman were each in on four of the stops, with Hausfeld contributing the only solo block of the evening. Hausfeld served up 33 assists on the night to bring her career total to 5,054, just 29 shy of surpassing Duke’s all-time record.
Mira Djuric led Florida State (4-8, 1-3 ACC) with 11 kills and 26 attacks, good enough for a .259 clip, along with three blocks. Brianna Barry boasted a team-leading .429 hitting percentage on 7-of-14 attacking while Summer Weissing collected 10 digs.
Neither team managed to gain ground in game one until Duke broke a 23-23 tie with a 7-1 run for the opening game victory. Florida State limited DeMange, Moss and Carls to three kills apiece, but Duke’s defense was the key, as the Blue Devils held the Seminoles to a .114 hitting percentage. DeMange collected two blocks in the opening frame while Moss picked up seven digs.
Another stellar defensive effort by Duke in game two gave the Blue Devils a 2-0 advantage heading into the final frame. Duke suffocated Florida State’s offense for a -.025 hitting percentage while forcing 11 attack errors compared to 10 kills. Duke racked up five blocks, including three by Hausfeld. Meanwhile, Duke’s offense got back on track as DeMange and Moss combined for eight kills to lead the team to a .281 clip.
Florida State rebounded to post a .306 clip in game three, but it was not enough to overcome the collective efforts of Moss, DeMange, Norman and Carls who teamed up for 12 of Duke’s 14 kills. Hausfeld served up 12 assists in the final frame. After falling behind 15-8, Florida State mounted a comeback with a 6-1 run to bring the score within two and rallied again to cut Duke’s lead to 27-25. The Blue Devils would force Florida State to commit a service and attack error to reach match point before Moss ended the threat with her fourth kill of game three.
“We did a lot of good things tonight,” head coach Jolene Nagel said. “We played well and aggressively, but made some errors along the way that took away from our momentum and made the games a lot closer. I think the team did a great job of not getting discouraged mentally though, especially in game one. It would have been very easy for a young team to lose confidence and compound their mistakes, but this group showed a lot of maturity by not getting down on themselves.
Duke will look to continue its winning streak of 14 straight conference matches with a noon meeting against Miami on Sunday, Sept. 30 in Coral Gables, Fla. Duke will then travel to Raleigh, N.C., for an ACC bout with in-state rival N.C. State.