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DWS Recruit Spotlight: Delaney Graham
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Release: 03/14/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – A star defender from the Peach State will now be wearing the Duke Blue and White, as head coach Robbie Church announced the addition of Delaney Graham to the eighth-ranked 2018 Duke women’s soccer signing class.

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Graham has been dominant in all aspects of her game. A star defender for The Westminster Schools, Graham was a starter for all three seasons, leading her squad to Region and State Championships each year, while earning MVP honors her junior season.

On the club circuit, Graham is currently a member of NASA Tophat Development Academy U18/19, which is in second place in the Southeast Division after finishing as a National Championship semi-finalist with NTH ECNL U18/19 last year. Graham’s leadership helped her Tophat Soccer Club ECNL U17 side win the Southeast Division in 2015-16, while being crowned Georgia State Cup Champions the two years prior.

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Delaney Graham | Defender | Atlanta, Ga. (The Westminster Schools)

Robbie Church on Delaney Graham: “We look at Delaney as a back player for us. She’s very athletic, makes good decisions and is good with the ball and can get herself forward as well. She’s also a very good one-v-one player coming out of a great club system in Tophat and a wonderful high school in Westminster. We see her making a great impact in our program and can’t wait for her to join the Duke women’s soccer family.”

Delaney Graham on Joining Duke: “The basic answer is, of course, the incredible combination of some of the strongest academics in the country along with a remarkable women’s soccer program. However, the true reason I chose to play soccer at Duke is because of the family aspect of the team. At many of the other schools I visited, the team felt more like a working machine than it did a group of girls who would always love and support each other through everything, no matter what. I felt the presence of a family within the Duke women’s soccer team more than I ever have, and because that is something that I’ve always wanted, I immediately knew it was going to be the place for me.”

High School: A three-year starter as an outside back and forward at The Westminster Schools … Did not play her senior year due to participation in the NTH Development Academy … Captured State and Region Championships all three seasons … Played in 20 games her junior season, scoring 20 goals and tallying 12 assists … Was named All-Southeast Region Team and earned the Golden Ball Award for Most Valuable Player … Also a start for the varsity cross country, track & field and basketball programs … Four-time state and region champion with the cross country squad … Was named All-State and All-Metro her freshman and junior years … Was tabbed a team captain her senior year and went on to earn the Exemplary Performance and Contribution Award … Earned the Outstanding Performance Award her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons … A shooting guard and small forward her sophomore and junior years for the basketball program and earned the Best Defense Award after her junior season … Began her track & field season in mid-February … Named to the National Honor Society her senior year … Earned Honor Roll accolades all four years of high school … Awarded the 2017 Gertrude Weaver Award for Excellence in History of the Modern World her junior year … Member of the Westminster Wildcat Senior Spirit Team and the Westminster Women’s A Capella.

Club: Played for NASA Tophat Development Academy (2017-18), ECNL (2015-17, USYS National League/Southern Regional Premier League (2013-15) … Currently with the NTH Development Academy U18/19 squad … Missed eight fall season games with torn meniscus/surgical repair, but has returned to start several contests and has even been a threat on the offensive end as well … Was a National Championship Semifinalist with NTH ECNL U18/19 and finished second in the Southeast Division … Captured the Southeast Division Championship with Tophat Soccer Club ECNL U17 … During 2014-15, won the USYS National League Division, USYS Region III and Georgia State Cup championships with Tophat Soccer Club Gold U16 … While with Tophat Soccer Club Gold U15, finished as a USYS National Championship Semifinalist and captured USYS National League Division and Georgia State Cup titles.

Personal: Born Delaney Marie Graham on Sept. 14, 1999 in Richmond, Va. … Daughter of Chris and Marie Graham of Atlanta, Ga. … Has one sister, Maggie Graham (15) … After being recruited to play basketball, her father opted to join the varsity crew team at Cornell from 1986-89 … From 1990-93, while in law school, her father was the co-head coach of the Tulane women’s club soccer team … Volunteered with Habitat for Humanity her junior and senior years … Has a passion for singing and was a finalist in the Honors Performance Series, performing with other singers from all over the world at Carnegie Hall.