DURHAM, N.C. – Carrie DeMange hammered 17 kills and picked up 14 digs to lead 24th-ranked Duke to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-19, 30-21) sweep over N.C. State Saturday evening in the team’s home finale at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With the win, Duke (22-6, 17-3 ACC) sweeps N.C. State (3-27, 0-20 ACC) for the seventh straight season.
DeMange recorded her third consecutive double-double while contributing a .467 hitting percentage on 30 attacks and just three errors. The senior middle blocker also added a pair of blocks and a service ace and moved to within 20 kills of claiming Duke’s all-time kills record of 1,915, held by Ashley Wacholder since 1994. With 1,896 kills in her four-year career, DeMange is also on the verge of becoming the fourth player in conference history to surpass 1,900 kills.
Duke’s four seniors left a lasting impression on their home crowd on “Senior Night,” as each made significant contributions during all three games. In addition to DeMange’s efforts, setter Ali Hausfeld tossed up 50 assists, marking the highest three-game total of the season for the 2006 ACC Player of the Year. Hausfeld currently ranks third in the nation with a 14.17 assist per game average and is on pace to shatter the school’s single-season assists per game record of 13.82, set by Kristen Campbell in 1994.
Senior libero Jenny Shull led all players with 16 digs and was perfect throughout the match, chalking up 18 errorless service receptions and 13 errorless serves. Senior defensive specialist Shelley Capito also posted a strong effort off the bench and picked up four digs while contributing a service ace, five service receptions and a team-high 18 errorless serves.
Duke’s underclassmen also helped out, as every player on the Blue Devil roster got in on the action. Sophomore Rachael Moss knocked down 16 kills to go along with her 12 digs for her sixth double-double in Duke’s last seven matches. Moss finished 16-of-32 attacking for a .312 hitting percentage, while junior Sue Carls finished with a .412 clip after connecting on nine of her 17 attacks. Junior Aana Wherry also contributed six kills and a pair of blocks, while Jourdan Norman chalked up four kills and three blocks.
Moss was unstoppable in the opener and knocked down eight of her 13 attacks for kills while also adding an ace and a team-high six digs in the 30-21 game one victory. Moss’ only error of the game came on her first attempt, which gave N.C. State its only lead in the opener. She quickly rebounded with a kill on the following attack to open a 5-1 run for the Blue Devils that ballooned to a lead of eight points at 23-15. With a commanding lead, Moss connected on her next two attacks, while a pair of kills from Norman and an ensuing block and kill from Wherry sealed the opening victory.
Moss kept up the pace in game two with seven kills, but DeMange outshined her sophomore teammate with eight kills on 10 errorless attacks in the 30-19 victory. Freshman Claire Smalzer helped out Shull with the floor defense and picked up six of her 10 digs in game two. Duke held a three-point advantage at 14-11 before busting off a 10-5 run to go ahead by eight at 24-16. After trading points to 25-19, Duke rattled off five straight points, including a kill and block from Norman, to finish off the game.
Carls and freshman Becci Burling shined in game three, as the duo teamed up for an errorless 8-of-11 attacking performance in the 30-21 match-clinching victory. N.C. State staked a three-point lead at 5-2 before the Blue Devils battled back with a 10-3 run to take a four-point lead at 12-8. Steady contributions from DeMange, Carls and Burling allowed Duke to go ahead by as much as nine points at 23-14 and cruise to the team’s 17th-conference win.
Duke will head to Virginia next weekend for a pair of ACC matchups to round out the regular season. Duke will face Virginia on Nov. 21 before heading to Blacksburg, Va., for a rematch against Virginia Tech. The Blue Devils defeated both opponents on their home court earlier in the season.