DURHAM, N.C. -- A week after winning the Fight in the Fort at TCU title, Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium to conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule against Coastal Carolina and Loyola Marymount. The Blue Devils take the court against the Chanticleers Friday, Sept. 15 before facing the Lions Saturday, Sept. 16. Opening serve for both contests is set for 6:30 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.
AGAINST THE FIELD
Duke and Coastal Carolina meet for the second time in program history Friday evening in Cameron. The Blue Devils won the teams’ previous outing in straight sets 3-0 (15-12, 15-2, 15-7) Sept. 12, 1998 in Durham.
The Blue Devils and the Lions clash for the sixth time Saturday. LMU leads the all-time series 3-2. The two teams first met in 1997 and most recently took the court against one another Sept. 10, 2016. The then-25th ranked Lions swept the Blue Devils a season ago at the LBSU/LMU Baden Invitational in Los Angeles.
SCHWANTZ NAMED ACC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
After leading the Blue Devils to an undefeated weekend, Duke volleyball outside hitter Payton Schwantz was named ACC Freshman of the Week as announced by the league Monday. Schwantz knocked down double-digit kills in all three of Duke’s wins this past weekend to help the Blue Devils claim the Fight in the Fort at TCU title. She also garnered all-tournament team accolades for her efforts. Schwantz led all players with 14 kills in Duke’s straight set victory over TCU Friday, then added 12 against Utah Valley and 11 against Lehigh Saturday. The freshman from Frisco, Texas has surpassed double-digit kills in seven of Duke’s nine matches this season, including each of the past four. For the season, she leads the Blue Devils in both total kills (108) and kills per set (3.00).
NAGEL REACHES 600 WINS
Head coach Jolene Nagel earned her 600th career victory in Duke’s straight-set victory over TCU Sept. 9 in Fort Worth, Texas. With the victory, Nagel became the 22nd active NCAA Division I head coach to reach 600 career wins and joined Florida State’s Chris Poole and North Carolina’s Joe Sagula as the only three ACC coaches to reach the milestone. For her coaching career, Nagel owns a 602-337 record with stints at Cornell, Georgetown and Duke. In her 19th season with the Blue Devils, Nagel owns a 398-197 record at Duke including a 240-100 mark in the ACC.
STRONG BEGINNING FOR BATES
Outside hitter Cadie Bates has enjoyed a strong start to her senior campaign. Through Duke’s first nine matches, Bates ranks second on the team with 103 kills, 46 shy of her career high set (149) in 2015. She totaled a career-best 20 kills in the season opener at Colorado State and is the only Blue Devil to reach 20 kills in a match this season. Bates has also been solid on defense and leads the Blue Devils with four double-doubles (Aug. 25 at Colorado State, Aug. 26 vs. UCF, Sept. 1 vs. UNCW and Sept. 9 vs. Utah Valley). She trails only libero Nicole Elattrache in total digs (93) and digs per set (2.58) this season.
MEYER NAMED PRESEASON ALL-ACC
Junior middle blocker Leah Meyer earned 2017 Preseason All-ACC recognition after leading the 2016 Blue Devils with 139 blocks and ranking second on the team with 316 kills. Meyer garnered AVCA All-East Coast Region and First Team All-ACC accolades for her sophomore season performance. Meyer ranked sixth in the ACC and 35th nationally with a 1.31 blocks-per-set average. Her 139 total blocks were also the most by a Blue Devil since Chelsea Cook in 2012. She posted at least four blocks in 18 matches, including her first career double-double Sept. 24 at Virginia. Meyer totaled 12 kills and 11 blocks at UVA to record the first double-double for a Duke middle blocker since Christian Gray in 2012. On offense, Meyer ranked second on the team in kills and ranked eighth in the ACC in hitting percentage. For her career, Meyer has averaged 1.18 blocks per set, good for fourth all-time at Duke.
Head coach Jolene Nagel and her staff added four players to the 2017 roster in freshman middle blocker Summer Brown (Morrow, Ga.), freshman outside hitter Payton Schwantz (Frisco, Texas), junior setter Haley Seyfarth (Bentonville, Ark.) and freshman defensive specialist Kincey Smith (Wake Forest, N.C.). Brown was named the 2016 GHSA AAA Player of the Year after totaling 206 kills, 78 blocks and 24 aces as a senior. Schwantz collected MVP and all-tournament honors at the 2016 USA Volleyball National Championships, helping her TAV 17 Black club squad to the gold medal in the 17 Open division. Seyfarth joins the Blue Devils following an extremely successful career at Palm Beach State College that culminated with 2016 NJCAA First Team All-America honors. Lastly, Smith was a four-time all-conference selection and 2015 conference player of the year, leading North Raleigh Christian Academy to back-to-back state championships while also garnering all-state and All-Metro accolades.