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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Blue Devils Celebrate 2017 Season at Annual Banquet
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/11/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The 2017 Duke volleyball team gathered together one final time to celebrate the past season’s successes at the program’s annual banquet Wednesday evening at the University Club.

At the end of the evening, the Blue Devil coaching staff recognized several Blue Devils for their accomplishments both on and off the court. Senior Emma Paradiso earned the team’s Academic Award, given to the Blue Devil with the highest GPA for the 2017 year. Senior Cadie Bates was the recipient of the Strength & Conditioning Award which honors excellence, leadership and commitment in the weight room. The staff selected senior Anna Kropf to receive the Coaches Award for contributions and commitment to the team while freshman Summer Brown was voted the Most Improved Player. Finally, senior Nicole Elattrache garnered the team’s inaugural Prove It Award, recognizing hard work and consistency.

Four newcomers joined nine returning letterwinners to lead the Blue Devils to a 19-12 (11-9 ACC) campaign in 2017, the program’s 19th under the direction of head coach Jolene Nagel.

First tasked with replacing 2016 All-Americans Jordan Tucker and Sasha Karelov, the Blue Devils faced further adversity after losing Preseason All-ACC middle blocker Leah Meyer and talented underclassman rightside hitter Natalie Schilling to injury early in the season. Duke received many key contributions throughout the season, leaning on the leadership of seniors Cadie Bates, Nicole Elattrache, Anna Kropf and Emma Paradiso.

The Blue Devils also benefitted from the solid play of freshmen Payton Schwantz and Summer Brown, both tabbed to the 2017 ACC All-Freshman Team.

2017 HONORS & AWARDS

Jessi Bartholomew
Duke Athlete of the Week (11/1)
ACTION Member

Summer Brown
Most Improved Player
All-ACC Freshman Team

Cadie Bates
Strength & Conditioning Award
Second Team All-ACC
Duke Athlete of the Week (11/27)
PrepVolleyball Player of the Week (11/7)
Duke Athlete of the Week (8/31)
Fight in the Fort at TCU All-Tournament Team
ACTION Member

Nicole Elattrache
Prove It Award
Fight in the Fort at TCU MVP
Team Captain

Anna Kropf
Coaches Award
SAAC Representative

Leah Meyer
Preseason All-ACC
SAAC Representative
ACTION Member

Sarah Nelson
ACTION Member

Emma Paradiso
Academic Award
Team Captain

Payton Schwantz
All-ACC Freshman Team
ACC Freshman of the Week (9/11)
Fight in the Fort at TCU All-Tournament Team
Duke Invitational All-Tournament Team

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