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Duke Wraps Up Regular Season at Wake Forest
Wednesday 11/19/2012  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke volleyball team travels to Winston-Salem, N.C., this week to close out the 2012 regular season campaign as the Blue Devils square off with Wake Forest Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m., in Reynolds Gym.

Fans are able to watch the match live for a fee via Wake Forest's official athletic website. Gametracker coverage is also available along with in-game updates via the team's official Twitter account: @Duke_VB.

The Blue Devils (15-16, 6-13 ACC), who look to avenge a 3-1 loss to Wake Forest Oct. 16 in Cameron Indoor Stadium, are in search of their 16th win to close out the regular season on a high note.

Duke is coming off a road trip to Georgia Tech and Clemson, which saw the Blue Devils down the Yellow Jackets in four before falling to the Tigers, 3-2. Freshman Elizabeth Campbell amassed a team-high 18 kills to lead Duke past Georgia Tech Friday. The match marked Campbell's fifth straight with double-digit kills. Despite outhitting the Tigers .258 to .183, Clemson narrowly edged Duke in five sets Saturday.

Libero Ali McCurdy, who currently leads the ACC with a 5.32 digs per set average, broke Duke's single-season digs record Friday evening at Clemson. McCurdy has 654 digs this season, topping her previous program record of 653 set just last season. The Tampa, Fla., native has reached 30 digs three times in 2012 and has had at least 20 digs in 16 matches. McCurdy has 1,927 career digs to her credit and is 73 shy of becoming just the second player in Duke history to total 2,000 career digs.

Duke's defense has also been bolstered by the efforts of middle blockers Chelsea Cook and Christiana Gray. Both Blue Devils average over a block per set, ranking sixth and ninth in the conference, respectively. With 483 career blocks Gray, a senior from Carmel, Ind., is in sole possession of fourth place in the Duke record books.

Offensively, sophomore Jeme Obeime is tops on the team with 305 kills in her second season with the Blue Devils. Gray, the 21st player in school history to record 1,000 career kills, sits at 304 on the year, while freshman Emily Sklar leads the team with a 2.90 kills per set average. Sklar has reached double-digit kills 17 times this season and leads Duke with 10 double-doubles.

Wake Forest (10-21, 4-15 ACC) has had the upper hand recently, winning three of the past four meetings between the two teams, but Duke leads the all-time series, 47-14.

Andrea Beck leads the Demon Deacons, averaging 3.42 kills per set, a mark which also ranks fifth in the conference. Megan Miller sits at seventh in the ACC with a 4.32 digs per set average, while Danae Rosendall averages nearly 10 assists per set, the fifth-highest clip in the league.

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