DURHAM, N.C. – Outside hitter Cadie Bates earned All-ACC Second Team honors while middle blocker Summer Brown and outside hitter Payton Schwantz garnered ACC All-Freshman Team distinction as announced by the league Monday.
After battling injuries early in her career, Bates enjoyed a standout senior campaign culminating in her first All-ACC citation. Bates played all six rotations for the Blue Devils, totaling a team-high 376 kills to go along with 383 digs. Bates became the first Blue Devil with over 350 kills and 350 digs in the same season since Rachael Moss in 2008. She led the team with 17 double-doubles as well.
Schwantz’ impact on the Blue Devils was immediate as the freshman from Frisco, Texas, played all 31 of Duke’s matches. She finished second on the team with 350 and became the first Duke freshman with 350-plus kills since Moss in 2006. Schwantz recorded double-digit kills in 23 of Duke’s 31 matches. She was named ACC Freshman of the Week Sept. 11 and earned Fight in Fort at TCU and Duke Invitational all-tournament team honors as well.
Brown played in 29 of Duke’s 31 matches, starting 28 as a freshman. The 6-5 middle blocker totaled 108 kills and 100 blocks her rookie season, averaging 0.97 blocks per set. Brown had 11 contests with four or more blocks and finished second on the team only to senior middle blocker Anna Kropf in total blocks and blocks per set. Among ACC freshmen, only Florida State’s Taylor Knuth amassed more blocks than Brown.
The Blue Devils finished the 2017 campaign with a 19-12 overall record and 11-9 mark in ACC play.