DURHAM, N.C. -- Nearing the end of the regular season, Duke heads north this weekend to conclude a four-match road stretch. The Blue Devils (16-11, 8-8 ACC) first take the court opposite Boston College (6-20, 3-13 ACC) Friday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m., before challenging Syracuse (17-12, 9-7 ACC) Sunday, Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. Both contests appear on ACC Network Extra via WatchESPN.com and the ESPN app.
vs. BOSTON COLLEGE
Duke and Boston College have taken the court 20 times since their first encounter in 2005. The Blue Devils lead the Eagles 18-1 in the all-time series, including a streak of six straight victories. Boston College’s lone win in the series came in straight sets Oct. 6, 2012 in Durham, N.C. Friday’s match is the second in a home-and-home series this season. Duke won the first meeting of 2017, 3-0 Oct. 1 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Overall: Duke leads 19-1
At BC: Duke leads 9-0
First Meeting: Oct. 13, 2005 (W, 3-1)
Last Meeting: Oct. 1, 2017 (W, 3-0)
Sunday’s contest marks the eighth all-time meeting between Duke and Syracuse. The Blue Devils lead the series, 5-2. Earlier this year, the Orange topped Duke, 3-1, Sept. 28 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The 2017 campaign marks the first time in program history Duke and Syracuse meet twice in the same season.
Overall: Duke leads 5-2
At Syracuse: Duke leads 3-0
First Meeting: Nov. 16, 1991 (W, 3-1)
Last Meeting: Sept. 28, 2017 (L, 3-1)
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 27 matches, Bates leads the team with 314 kills, more than double 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 14 double-doubles. She trails only libero Nicole Elattrache in total digs and digs per set this season while also leading Duke with 22 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 (303) and kills per set (2.91) while hitting .230 on the year. Schwantz has recorded double-digit kills in 19 of Duke’s 27 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 443 digs and ranks third in the ACC with a 4.22 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 1,130 digs to rank 17th 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 222 kills on .244 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 eight-straight matches of 10 or more kills from Oct. 15 - Nov. 8.
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 (12.76) and fifth in kills per set (13.49). 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.
With Leah Meyer out due to injury, middle blockers Anna Kropf and Summer Brown have set the tone at the net for Duke. As a senior, Kropf is enjoying a career year, totaling career bests in kills (187) and blocks (105). She leads the team with a 1.01 blocks per set average as well and has recorded four or more blocks in 14 matches this season. Brown has put down 96 kills for the Blue Devils and topped four blocks nine times this season.
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 611-344 record with stints at Cornell, Georgetown and Duke. In her 19th season with the Blue Devils, Nagel owns a 408-204 record at Duke including a 246-106 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)
Cadie Bates 17 kills, 32 digs (11/3 vs. Notre Dame)
Cadie Bates 14 kills, 20 digs (11/5 vs. Louisville)
Cadie Bates 10 kills, 10 digs (11/12 at Pitt)
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)
Sarah Nelson 32 assists, 12 digs (11/3 vs. Notre Dame)
Sarah Nelson 42 assists, 13 digs (11/5 vs. Louisville)
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)
Payton Schwantz 14 kills, 13 digs (11/3 vs. Notre Dame)
Cadie Bates 20 kills (8/25 at Colorado State)
Cadie Bates 21 digs (10/15 vs. Florida State)
Cadie Bates 32 digs (11/3 vs. Notre Dame)
Cadie Bates 20 digs (11/5 vs. Louisville)
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)
Nicole Elattrache 29 digs (11/3 vs. Notre Dame)
Nicole Elattrache 23 digs (11/5 vs. Louisville)
Nicole Elattrache 21 digs (11/8 at Wake Forest)