DURHAM, N.C. -- After winning four straight ACC road matches, Duke (15-8, 7-5 ACC) returns to its home court this weekend. Tied for sixth in the ACC standings, the Blue Devils play host to eighth-place Notre Dame (16-7, 6-6 ACC) at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3. Duke then welcomes first-place Louisville (16-6, 10-2 ACC)to Cameron Indoor Stadium at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 5. Admission to both matches is free to all fans, while ACC Network Extra will broadcast both matches via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
vs. NOTRE DAME
Friday’s match marks the 13th all-time meeting between Duke and Notre Dame. The Irish lead the series, 7-6. The two teams have split six meetings in Durham, N.C., 3-3. Duke and Notre Dame also split a 2016 home-and-home series with each squad winning its home contest. Friday’s match is the lone meeting between the two schools this season.
Overall: Notre Dame leads 7-6
At Duke: 3-3
First Meeting: Oct. 23, 1982 (L, 0-2)
Last Meeting: Nov. 6, 2016 (W, 3-1)
Duke and Louisville are set for the 10th match in program history and fifth as ACC opponents. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series 6-3 and are a perfect 3-0 against the Cardinals in Durham, N.C. Duke won both ends of a home-and-home series in against Louisville this past season, taking each in straight sets. Sunday’s match marks the teams’ only meeting in 2017.
Overall: Duke leads 6-3
At Duke: 3-0
First Meeting: Nov. 15, 1991 (W, 3-1)
Last Meeting: Nov. 4, 2016 (W, 3-0)
STRONG SENIOR SEASON FOR BATES
After battling injuries throughout her career, senior outside hitter Cadie Bates has been a key contributor to the 2017 Blue Devils, playing all six rotations. Through 23 matches, Bates leads the team with 269 kills, 120 higher than her previous career high (149) set 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 11 double-doubles. She trails only libero Nicole Elattrache in total digs and digs per set this season while also leading Duke with 21 service aces.
SCHWANTZ’ IMMEDIATE IMPACT
Freshman outside hitter Payton Schwantz has enjoyed a tremendous start to her collegiate career. The rookie from Frisco, Texas is second on the team in total kills (246) and kills per set (3.00) while hitting .250 on the year. Schwantz has recorded double-digit kills in 15 of Duke’s 21 matches this season, including seven straight from Sept. 2-22. She was named ACC Freshman of the Week Sept. 11 after leading the Blue Devils to an undefeated weekend at the Fight in the Fort at TCU tournament and also earned all-tournament team honors for her efforts. Schwantz also picked up 2017 Duke Invitational All-Tournament accolades at the conclusion of the Blue Devils’ annual tournament.
ELATTRACHE REACHES 1,000 CAREER DIGS
Senior Nicole Elattrache became the 23rd player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs Friday, Oct. 20 at Virginia. Elattrache entered the program as a setter and played three seasons as a defensive specialist before taking over as Duke’s starting libero her senior year. She currently leads the team with 357 digs and ranks tied for sixth in the ACC with a 4.01 digs-per-set average. She earned Fight in the Fort at TCU tournament MVP honors after totaling a career-high 29 digs in Duke’s win over Lehigh. For her career, Elattrache owns 1,044 digs to rank 20th in program history.
In addition to outside hitters Cadie Bates and Payton Schwantz, Duke has received solid efforts from its rightside hitters. Sophomore Samantha Amos -- a 2016 All-ACC Freshman Team pick -- has accrued 191 kills on .253 hitting. Amos has eight matches of 10-plus kills to her credit this season, including a career-high 18-kill performance Oct. 22 at Virginia Tech. Sophomore Natalie Schilling was also a key contributor on the rightside before suffering a season-ending injury. Junior Jessi Bartholomew has filled that spot, recording five-straight matches of 10 or more kills. Bartholomew is also hitting .322 in that span and averaging 3.10 kills per set.
Setters Emma Paradiso and Sarah Nelson have run Duke’s 6-2 system this season. Those two have helped Duke rank fourth in the ACC in assists per set (12.78) and fourth in kills per set (13.56). Duke is the only school to rank in the top five in the ACC in kills per set without an individual hitter in the league’s top 10 in kills.
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 610-341 record with stints at Cornell, Georgetown and Duke. In her 19th season with the Blue Devils, Nagel owns a 407-201 record at Duke including a 245-103 mark in the ACC.
Cadie Bates 20 kills 10 digs (8/25 at Colorado State)
Cadie Bates 10 kills, 18 digs (8/26 vs. UCF)
Cadie Bates 13 kills, 11 digs (9/1 vs. UNCW)
Cadie Bates 12 kills, 10 digs (9/9 vs. Utah Valley)
Cadie Bates 12 kills, 15 digs (9/24 vs. Georgia Tech)
Cadie Bates 12 kills, 16 digs (9/28 vs. Syracuse)
Cadie Bates 14 kills, 13 digs (10/1 vs. Boston College)
Cadie Bates 10 kills, 13 digs (10/8, at NC State)
Cadie Bates 18 kills, 18 digs (10/13 vs. Miami)
Cadie Bates 13 kills, 21 digs (10/15 vs. Florida State)
Cadie Bates 10 kills, 12 digs (10/20 at Virginia)
Sarah Nelson 13 assists, 10 digs (9/1 vs. UNCW)
Sarah Nelson 26 assists, 13 digs (10/15 vs. FSU)
Sarah Nelson 26 assists, 14 digs (10/27 at Georgia Tech)
Emma Paradiso 32 assists, 10 digs (9/1 at Colorado State)
Emma Paradiso 24 assists, 17 digs (9/9 vs. Lehigh)
Payton Schwantz 11 kills, 12 digs (9/1 vs. UNCW)
Cadie Bates 20 kills (8/25 at Colorado State)
Cadie Bates 21 digs (10/15 vs. Florida State)
Nicole Elattrache 24 digs (8/25 vs. Colorado State)
Nicole Elattrache 29 digs (9/9 vs. Lehigh)
Nicole Elattrache 20 digs (9/28 vs. Syracuse)
Nicole Elattrache 24 digs (10/6 at North Carolina)