Duke Volleyball BIO
15 Sasha Karelov
2014: Named AVCA All-East Coast Region honorable mention … Tabbed to the All-ACC second team … Assumed the starting libero role and averaged 5.13 digs per set to lead the ACC … Also ranked 26th nationally in digs per frame … The only ACC player to average over 5.00 digs per frame … 5.13 digs per set average was also good for ninth in Duke’s single season records … Totaled double-digit digs in all 30 contests … Picked up 20 or more digs 12 times … Turned in a career-best, 35-dig performance Sept. 2 versus Campbell, which ranked fifth in the Duke single-match records … Garnered Duke Invitational All-Tournament Team accolades after anchoring the Duke defense with 42 digs in three matches.
2013: Played in all 33 matches, starting 25 … Trailed only Ali McCurdy for the team lead in digs, totaling 265 … Averaged 2.35 digs per set … Picked up 10 or more digs in eight contests: Liberty (9/13), Illinois (9/21), Wake Forest (10/6), Clemson (10/20), Florida State (10/25), Miami (10/26 & 11/22) and North Carolina 11/29) … Registered a season-high 22 digs in Duke’s win over then-No. 16 Illinois Sept. 21 … Garnered ACC Freshman of the Week distinction Sept. 23 after helping the Blue Devils to wins over Big Ten opponents Indiana and Illinois … Averaged 4.43 digs per set over those two contests and committed just one error in 34 serve receive chances.
High School: Four-year letterwinner at Leesville Road High School in Raleigh, N.C. … Ranked the No. 16 player in the nation and the No. 1 player in North Carolina according to MaxPreps … Listed as Prepvolleyball’s No. 55 Senior Ace, the second-highest ranking for a libero/defensive specialist … Led her high school team to a 27-1 record, Cap Eight conference championship, North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 4A East Regional title and a runner up fi nish in the NCHSAA 4A state tournament as a senior … Earned Maxpreps/AVCA North Carolina Player of the Week honors Nov. 5, 2012 after leading Leesville Road to a 3-2 win over Hoggard in the NCHSAA 4A East Regional championship … Totaled 17 kills, 15 digs, three aces and a block to lead the Pride to the state finals for the fi rst time in school history … Finished her senior campaign with 315 kills, 330 digs and 74 aces … Led her high school team in digs and aces in each of her fi nal three seasons … Totaled 363 kills and 90 aces to earn Cap Eight Conference Player of the Year honors as junior … Completed her sophomore season with 307 kills, 253 digs and 84 aces to earn team MVP accolades … Named to Prepvolleyball’s Sophomore 79 and Frosh 59 lists in 2011 and 2010, respectively … Played for the Triangle Volleyball Club since 2006 … Led the 2012 18 Black squad to an open bid at the Junior Nationals with a third-place fi nish at the Big South Qualifi er and a fourth-place showing at the Lone Star Qualifier … Guided club team to the Carolina Region championship from 2007-12, earning all-tournament team honors all six years including MVP distinction in 2007 and 2009 … Leesville Road Academic Excellence Award recipient all four years … Member of the Political Club as a senior.
Personal: Born Alexandra Karelov on November 22, 1994 in Brooklyn, N.Y. … Daughter of Evgeni and Marina Karelov … Has an older sister, Dasha (Karelov) Kenlan … Father was a Military Triathlon individual and team champion in Ukraine (1984-86) … Mother played volleyball at the Belarusian State University from 1985-89 and was a member of the Belarusian National Volleyball Team from 1984-86.