DURHAM, N.C. – Duke returns to its home court inside Cameron Indoor Stadium this weekend, welcoming ACC opponents Boston College and Syracuse during the second week of league play.
The Blue Devils battle the Eagles at 6:30 p.m., Friday, September 28 before taking the court opposite the Orange at 1 p.m., Sunday, September 30. ACC Network Extra is set to broadcast both matches via WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
Duke (6-5, 0-2 ACC) looks to return to its winning ways after suffering a three-game slide. The Blue Devils’ six-game win streak came to an end against East Tennessee State September 8 before Hurricane Florence forced the cancellation of Duke’s next three matches. Duke then opened the ACC slate on the road, suffering setbacks at both Florida State (3-0) and Miami (3-1) this past weekend.
After missing the ETSU match due to injury, sophomore outside hitter Payton Schwantz returned to post back-to-back double-doubles during Duke’s Florida road trip. Schwantz is one half of Duke’s underclassman outside hitter duo, joining freshman Ade Owokoniran who leads the team with 123 kills thus far this season.
Duke has also received production from middle blockers Leah Meyer and Lily Cooper. Meyer has enjoyed a strong start to the 2018 campaign, leading the Blue Devils in hitting percentage (.380) and blocks (46). Cooper has started all 11 matches as a freshman, posting 57 kills while hitting .439 and accruing 38 blocks.
Boston College (12-2, 2-0 ACC) sits at 2-0 in conference play for the first time since joining the ACC in 2005. Averaging 2.75 blocks and 14.64 digs per set, the Eagles have limited opponents to a .135 hitting percentage.
BC comes to Cameron in search of its first win against the Blue Devils since 2012. Duke holds a 20-1 advantage in the all-time series and has never dropped a match to Boston College at home.
Syracuse (6-4, 2-0 ACC) also enters the weekend with an unblemished league record after earning home wins over Georgia Tech and Clemson this past weekend. Three of the Orange’s four losses have come against ranked opponents and Syracuse brings a three-match win streak into the weekend.
Freshman outside hitter Polina Shemanova is one of three ACC players averaging 4.00 kills per set, while Orange middle blockers Santita Ebangwese and Amber Witherspoon both average better than 1.20 blocks per frame.
Duke owns a 5-3 all-time record versus the Orange but Syracuse has won three of the two schools’ past four meetings.
A trip to Louisville and Notre Dame awaits the Blue Devils following this weekend’s matches. Duke returns home again the following week to host Clemson and Georgia Tech.