DURHAM, N.C. – Two weeks after Duke handed No. 10 Pittsburgh its lone loss of the season, the Blue Devils and the Panthers meet again Sunday, November 11 in the Steel City. Opening serve is slated for 1 p.m., from Pitt’s Fitzgerald Field House.
ACC Network Extra is set to broadcast both matches available via WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
Entering the rematch, Duke (14-9, 8-6 ACC) has won seven of its past nine matches. The Blue Devils’ extended their win streak to five with a straight-set victory over North Carolina this past Friday before NC State snapped the streak with a five-set decision Sunday.
Sophomore outside hitter Payton Schwantz notched her eighth double-double of the season to help Duke sweep the Tar Heels, while the defense limited UNC to a .154 hitting percentage, the 12th time this season the Blue Devils have held on opponent under .200. Schwantz is the team’s top hitter this season, totaling 239 kills and a .246 hitting percentage.
Andie Shelton notched her fourth triple-double of the season and Leah Meyer added her second double-double, but the Blue Devils could not quite overcome a slow start Sunday against NC State, falling in five to the Wolfpack.
Shelton’s 16-kill, 23-assist, 14-dig performance Sunday put her among an elite group as one of 10 NCAA Division 1 players with four or more triple-doubles this season.
Meyer continues to cement her status as one of the top middle blockers in program history. After a career-high 12 blocks against NC State, Meyer ranks fourth in the ACC and 12th nationally averaging 1.49 blocks per set. If the season ended today, that clip would also tie for the second-highest single season blocks per set average in program history.
After the setback against the Blue Devils, Pitt resumed its winning ways with victory at Georgia Tech and Clemson this past weekend. Enjoying one of the best seasons in program history, the Panthers lead the ACC in hitting percentage, kills per set and assists per set. Pitt also owns a spotless 16-0 record at home this season.