DURHAM, N.C. – Junior middle blocker Leah Meyer earned 2017 Preseason All-ACC recognition as announced by the league Friday while Duke was picked to finish seventh in the conference by a vote of the ACC’s 15 head coaches.
Meyer followed a standout freshman campaign with an exceptional sophomore season in 2016, leading the Blue Devils with 139 blocks to go along with 316 kills. The Clarence, N.Y., native garnered AVCA All-East Coast Region and First Team All-ACC accolades after ranking sixth in the ACC and 35th nationally with a 1.31 blocks-per set average.
Meyer’s 139 blocks this past season were the most by a Blue Devil since Chelsea Cook in 2012. Meyer posted at least four blocks in 18 matches, including her first career double-double Sept. 24 at Virginia.
On offense, Meyer ranked second on the team in kills (316) and eighth in the ACC in hitting percentage (.333).
For her career, Meyer has averaged 1.18 blocks per set, good for fourth all-time at Duke.
Duke finished the 2016 season with a 21-9 (15-5) record. The Blue Devils open the 2017 slate in The Centennial State, taking on Colorado State, UCF and Northern Colorado Aug. 25-26 in Fort Collins and Greeley, Colo.