DURHAM, N.C. – Clemson outlasted the 13th-ranked Duke volleyball team for a 3-2 (30-23, 30-26, 28-30, 19-30, 15-10) victory Saturday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils (14-4, 9-1 ACC) entered Saturday’s contest with an 18-match winning streak in ACC play, dating back to 2006, and 38 consecutive wins in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Clemson (15-2, 8-0 ACC) ended both streaks and handed Duke its first home loss since 2004 on the strength of 19 kills from Danielle Hepburn and 14 total blocks, eight of which came from Meghan Steiner.
Seniors Carrie DeMange and Ali Hausfeld joined sophomore Rachael Moss in recording double-doubles for Duke. DeMange led all players with 28 kills on 65 attacks and picked up 18 digs for her 11th straight double-double. Moss posted 22 kills and 19 digs and also chipped in two service aces, while Hausfeld tossed up 74 assists and added 10 digs.
Duke’s senior libero Jenny Shull, who was honored before the match for becoming Duke’s all-time digs leader earlier in the season, racked up a match-high 35 digs. Junior Jourdan Norman reached double figures with 14 kills and a team-high .314 hitting percentage in addition to six blocks.
Hepburn’s eight kills came on 47 attacks for a .362 hitting percentage while Steiner turned in 13 kills and a .478 hitting percentage. Leslie Mansfield matched Steiner with 13 kills and picked up Clemson’s only double-double with 17 digs.
Clemson limited attacking errors, committing just five through the first three games while forcing Duke to commit 17 in the same span. The Tigers also hit .309 in their game one and two victories and limited the ACC’s top offense to a .167 hitting percentage over the opening matches.
After falling behind 2-0, Duke regrouped and held on for a 30-28 victory in game three on the shoulders of DeMange, who threw down eight kills, and Shull, who picked up 11 digs. Meanwhile, Duke held Clemson’s offense in check, forcing the Tigers to a .175 hitting percentage after posting marks of .283 and .333 in the first two games.
The Blue Devil defense continued to shine in game four, as Duke limited Clemson to its lowest clip of the evening at .146. The Blue Devil offense also got back on track with a .383 hitting percentage as Moss converted eight of her 16 attacks and DeMange connected on five of her 11 attempts. After falling behind 11-7, Duke rattled off nine straight points to overcome the deficit and stake a four-point lead. The Blue Devil advantage would eventually run up to 11 points after Duke outscored Clemson 14-7 to end the frame.
The Tigers would find their early-match form in time for game five, however, and turned in a .318 hitting percentage on 11 kills in the first-to-15 format game five. Duke managed to tie the score at 5-5 and battled to a one point deficit at 9-8, but could not hold off a late 6-2 Tiger run that sealed the match.
Duke will continue its four-game homestand this Friday, Oct. 19 with a 7 p.m. meeting against Virginia Tech in Cameron Indoor Stadium.