CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Carrie DeMange knocked down 24 kills to become Duke’s all-time kills leader while leading the 24th-ranked Blue Devils to a 3-1 (30-20, 26-30, 30-28, 30-24) win over Virginia Wednesday evening.
DeMange entered the match with 1,896 career kills and finished the evening 24-for-44 attacking to surpass the previous record of 1,915 kills held by Ashley Wacholder since 1994. With 560 kills on the season, DeMange leads the ACC with a 5.14 per game average and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in the same category. The 6-2 senior middle blocker also picked up three blocks and 11 digs for a double-double, her 21st of the season, to join sophomore outside hitter Rachael Moss, who also picked up a double-double with 18 kills and 11 digs. Senior setter Ali Hausfeld served up 57 assists while dumping eight kills on 15 attempts for a team-high .467 hitting percentage.
Duke (23-6, 18-3 ACC) hit .323 as a team and held Virginia (17-13, 12-9 ACC) to a .229 clip. Junior Aana Wherry broke out with six blocks match classmate Jourdan Norman, who put back six of her own. Four Blue Devils, including DeMange and Moss, reached double-digit digs, as senior libero Jenny Shull led the way with 16. Freshman defensive specialist Claire Smalzer followed with 13, marking the third time in the past four matches that Smalzer has reached double digits.
Sarah Kirkwood led the way for Virginia with 18 kills and 45 attacks, while Kendahl Voelker and Katie Oakes both reached double figures as well. Oakes posted six blocks, including one solo stop, and finished with a .333 hitting percentage on 10-for-24 performance. Setter Kelly Irvin tossed up 51 assists and connected on five of her eight attacks for a team-high .375 hitting percentage.
The Blue Devils smashed 17 kills and committed just three errors on the way to a .414 hitting percentage in a 30-30 win in the opening frame. The Cavaliers staked an early two-point lead, but could not hold the advantage for long as Duke rallied to take a 12-10 lead and followed with a 6-2 run to go ahead 18-12. Virginia battled back to within four points at 21-17, but could not fight off another Blue Devil rally as Duke rattled off six unanswered scores to run the lead to double digits. DeMange and Hausfeld sealed the win with back-to-back kills.
The Cavaliers regained their momentum heading into game two and opened with three straight points on the way to an early 5-1 lead. Duke bounced back to tie the game at 5-5, but surrendered a kill to Oakes to give Virginia a lead they would not relinquish until coming to a 12-12 deadlock. The teams would swap leads until the Cavaliers broke a 24-24 tie with three straight points, giving them just enough cushion to hold on for the 30-26 victory.
Duke rebounded to hold Virginia to a .195 clip in game three to claim a narrow 30-28 victory. After locking in at a 7-7 tie, the Blue Devils pulled away following a 10-4 rally that ran the score to 17-11. That lead ballooned as much as eight points at 24-16 before Virginia fought back to cut the deficit to two points at 27-25. Norman and Sue Carls would then team up for a block before a kill from DeMange put Duke to within one point of clinching the game. With a 29-26 advantage, Kirkwood and Shannon Davis connected on consecutive kills for Virginia to come within one point at 29-28 before DeMange silenced the comeback the game-ending kill.
Game four saw an early 7-7 tie as well before Duke took advantage of a Cavalier attack error to gain a lead that they would not surrender for the remainder of the match. Wherry followed with back-to-back kills to give the Blue Devils a slim three-point lead that they would hold until pulling ahead by five at 18-13. Virginia managed to claw back to within one point at 21-20, but two kills from Moss kept Duke on top heading into the final stretch. Moss and DeMange each contributed kills over the final series before Carls and DeMange paired up for a match-ending block.
Duke will play its final regular season match this Friday, Nov. 21 in Blacksburg, Va., as the Blue Devils take on Virginia Tech. Duke defeated the Hokies 3-0 earlier in the season, but will look to make a statement heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils will learn their postseason fate this Sunday, Nov. 25 when ESPNU airs the NCAA Division I Volleyball Selection Show.