DURHAM, N.C. – The second road trip of the 2018 ACC slate takes Duke to the Midwest for matches against No. 25 Louisville and Notre Dame this coming weekend. The Blue Devils face off against the Cardinals at 5 p.m., Friday, October 5 before taking the court opposite the Irish at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 7.
ACC Network Extra is set to broadcast both matches via WatchESPN.com or the ESPN app.
Duke (7-6, 1-3 ACC) split its first two home ACC matches of the season, sweeping Boston College before falling in four to Syracuse. Against the Eagles, Duke put down 48 kills and hit .350 as a team to earn its first ACC win of the season in commanding fashion. The Blue Devils committed just 13 attack errors on 100 attempts and totaled 13.0 blocks. Versus Syracuse, the Blue Devils turned in a dominant first set and raced to a seven-point second set lead before the Orange captured the momentum with a late rally. A close third frame ultimately went to Syracuse, then the Orange closed out the match to remain unbeaten in conference play.
Freshman outside hitter Ade Owokoniran totaled 10 kills and hit .310 Sunday to lead the Blue Devils, recording her sixth straight match in double-digit kills. Sophomore outside hitter Payton Schwantz also reached double figure kills, adding 11 to go along with 10 digs, good for her fifth double-double of the season.
Louisville (11-4, 4-0 ACC) is undefeated in conference play thus far this season with ACC wins over NC State, North Carolina, Clemson and Georgia Tech. Louisville has held opponents to a .172 and brings a five-match winning streak into the weekend.
Duke leads the all-time series with Louisville, 6-4. Most recently, the Cardinals topped the Blue Devils in five November 5, 2017 in Durham, N.C.
Notre Dame (9-5, 3-1) has suffered just one ACC loss through the first two weekends of conference play, earning wins over North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Clemson while falling in four to NC State. This past Monday, freshman Charley Niego became the first player to earn ACC Player and Freshman of the Week honors since 2010 while senior Meg Morngingstar ranks 15th nationally, averaging 1.47 blocks per set to lead an Irish defense that limits opponents to a 1.47 hitting percentage.
Duke and Notre Dame have split 14 all-time meetings. Duke came away with the 3-1 victory in the schools’ last encounter November 3, 2017 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.