Duke (21-9, 15-5 ACC) surpassed 20 wins for the 27th time in the program’s 46-year history with a 21-9 overall record in 2016 ... The Blue Devils have topped 20 wins in 10 of the past 12 seasons ... In 18 campaigns under head coach Jolene Nagel, the Blue Devils have won 20 or more matches 14 times ... In addition, Duke finished tied for third in the ACC standings ... One of the most consistent ACC programs, since 2001 the Blue Devils have finished in the top three in the league standings in 13 of the past 16 years.
Duke ended the 2016 season as one of the nation’s top defensive teams ... The Blue Devils ranked fourth among NCAA DI programs in digs per set (18.31) and were one of just five teams to average over 18.00 digs per frame for the season ... In addition, Duke ranked fourth in the ACC in opponent hitting percentage (.179) and sixth in blocks per set (2.37) ... The Blue Devils held 17 of their 30 opponents to a hitting percentage under .200 ... Duke also allowed just two opponents (Loyola Marymount and NC State) to post a clip above .300 all season ... Five Blue Devils -- libero Sasha Karelov (5.42), setter Cindy Marina (2.68), outside hitter Jamie Stivers (2.60), defensive specialist Nicole Elattrache (2.59) and defensive specialist Chloe DiPasquale (2.57) -- averaged over 2.50 digs per set ... Duke also led the ACC in digs per frame for the fourth consecutive season.
|National Digs Per Set Leaders|
|ACC Digs Per Set Leaders|
BLUE DEVIL OFFENSE
Duke led the ACC in both kills per set (14.29) and assists per frame (13.38) ... Seven Blue Devils topped 100 kills for the season: middle blocker Jordan Tucker (387), middle blocker Leah Meyer (316), outside hitter Jessi Bartholomew (219), rightside hitter Samantha Amos (205), outside hitter Jamie Stivers (183), outside hitter Anna Kropf (129) and setter Cindy Marina (110) ... Duke has led the league in both kills per set and assists per frame in three of the past four seasons.
|2016 ACC Kills Per Set Leaders|
|2016 ACC Assists Per Set Leaders|
MIDDLES MEYER AND TUCKER
First Team All-ACC middle blockers Leah Meyer and Jordan Tucker keyed the Duke offense, combining for 643 kills and a .345 hitting percentage ... Tucker led the Blue Devils with a career-best 387 kills while Meyer also topped on 300 kills with 216 this season ... Both Blue Devils ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in hitting percentage ... Tucker’s career-best .358 clip was good for third in the league, while Meyer’s .333 mark ranked eighth..
|2016 ACC Hitting Percentage Leaders|
|1.||Beth Nordhorn, North Carolina||.446|
|2.||Mara Green, Florida State||.359|
|3.||Jordan Tucker, Duke||.358|
|4.||Katie Higgins, Notre Dame||.354|
|5.||Jenna Potts, Pitt||.353|
|6.||Layne Van Buskirk, Pitt||.345|
|7.||Tess Clark, Louisville||.336|
|8.||Leah Meyer, Duke||.333|
|9.||Taylor Fricano, North Carolina||.327|
|10.||Milica Kubura, Florida State||.327|
TUCKER ON A TEAR
Senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker totaled double-digit kills in 13 of Duke’s final 14 matches, including a career-high 25 in Duke’s five-set win over Miami Nov. 20 ... She committed just 32 attack errors on 3444 attempts during that span, good for a .395 hitting percentage ... For the season, Tucker hit over .300 in 12 of those matches, including seven with a clip over .400 ... On the year, she knocked down 10 or more kills 24 times in 2016 and topped .300 hitting 18 times.
TUCKER REACHES 1,000 CAREER KILLS
Senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker established herself as one of the top middle blockers in program history as the Prairie Village, Kan., native became the 24th Blue Devil to reach 1,000 career kills with a 17-kill performance Oct. 17 versus Virginia ... For her career, Tucker totaled, 1,186 kills to go along with 401 blocks ... She also was the ninth Blue Devil with 400 career blocks ... Tucker ranked tied for fifth in program history with a .319 career hitting percentage ... She was the sixth player in program history with 1,000 kills, 400 blocks and a career hitting percentage over .300, joining Jourdan Norman, Krista Dill, Jen Rohrig, Christiana Gray and Adrian Nichol ... Tucker finished her collegiate career ranked 14th in kills, eighth in blocks and fifth in hitting percentage ... In 2016, Tucker garnered First Team All-ACC as well as AVCA All-East Coast Region accolades.
|Duke Career Kills Leaders|
|Duke Career Hitting Percentage Leaders|
|Minimum 1,000 Attacks|
|Duke Career Total Block Leaders|
MEYER IN THE MIDDLE
For the season, First Team All-ACC and AVCA All-East Coast Region pick Leah Meyer led the Blue Devils with 139 blocks ... She ranked sixth in the ACC and 35th nationally with a 1.31 blocks-per-set average ... For her career, Meyer has averaged 1.18 blocks per set, good for fourth all-time at Duke ... In 2016, Meyer posted at least four blocks in 18 matches, including her first career double-double Sept. 24 at Virginia ... Meyer totaled 12 kills and 11 blocks versus UVA to record the first double-double for a Duke middle blocker since Christiana Gray in 2012 ... She was also a threat on offense, totaling 316 kills while ranking eighth in the ACC in hitting percentage (.333).
|ACC Blocks Per Set Leaders|
|1.||Melanie Keil, Florida State||1.55|
|2.||Sydnye Fields, North Carolina||1.39|
|3.||Leah Levert, Syracuse||1.38|
|4.||Taylor Fricano, North Carolina||1.34|
|5.||Jenna Potts, Pitt||1.32|
|6.||Leah Meyer, Duke||1.33|
|Duke Career Blocks Per Set Leaders|
KARELOV NAMED ACC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Duke’s starting libero each of the past three seasons, 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Sasha Karelov once again anchored the Duke back row in 2016, leading the conference with 634 digs and a 5.42 digs-per-set average that also rated eighth nationally ... The Raleigh, N.C., native picked up 20 or more digs on 15 occasions, including a program record 44 digs Sept. 30 at Notre Dame ... For her career, Karelov became the third player in school history to reach 2,000 career digs, joining Ali McCurdy and Jenny Shull ... She averaged 4.52 digs per set for her career, good for fourth in the Duke record books and 10th in ACC history ... In addition, her 2,023 career digs ranked third in school history and ninth in ACC history ... Karelov also received First Team All-ACC and AVCA All-East Coast Region citations in 2016.
|Duke Career Digs Leaders|
|Duke Digs Per Set Career Leaders|
|Minimum 1,000 Digs|
|ACC Digs Per Set Career Leaders|
|1.||Allison Anderson, Boston College||5.70|
|2.||Ali McCurdy, Duke||5.35|
|3.||Didem Ege, Clemson||4.88|
|4.||Amanda Cloyd, Virginia Tech||4.77|
|5.||Jenny Shull, Duke||4.76|
|6.||Brianna Eskola, North Carolina||4.70|
|7.||Ryan Shaffer, Miami||4.60|
|8.||Trina Maso de Moya, Wake Forest||4.56|
|9.||Maureen Reindl, Duke||4.54|
|10.||Sasha Karelov, Duke||4.52|
|ACC Digs Career Leaders|
|1.||Ali McCurdy, Duke||2.538|
|2.||Didem Ege, Clemson||2,303|
|3.||Brianna Eskola, North Carolina||2,238|
|4.||Amanda Cloyd, Virginia Tech||2,200|
|Jenny Shull, Duke||2,200|
|6.||Katie Mosher, Florida State||2,123|
|7.||Ryan Shaffer, Miami||2,119|
|8.||Kaylie Gibson, North Carolina||2,035|
|9.||Sasha Karelov, Duke||2,023|
|10.||Trina Maso de Moya, Wake Forest||2,010|
FRESHMAN MARINA STARTING SETTER
Freshman setter Cindy Marina orchestrated Duke’s 5-1 system all season, leading the league and ranking 20th nationally with an 11.11 assists-per-set average ... Marina was also stellar defensively, ranking second on the team behind libero Sasha Karelov in digs (313) and digs per set (2.68) ... She had a team-best 17 double-doubles and 27 service aces this season as well ... Marina, senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker and senior libero Sasha Karelov were the only Blue Devils to play in every set this season ... Prior to her arrival at Duke, Marina joined the Albanian National Team June 3-5 in Twardogora, Poland and again June 17-19 for the 2016 CEV Volleyball European League in Durres, Albania this past summer.
|ACC Assists Per Set Leaders|
|1.||Cindy Marina, Duke||11.11|
|2.||Carolina Holt, Notre Dame||10.97|
|3.||Hannah Sorenson, Miami||10.88|
KARELOV, TUCKER NAMED AVCA ALL-AMERICA
Duke volleyball seniors Sasha Karelov and Jordan Tucker collected 2016 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America honors as announced by the coaches association ... The accolades are the first All-America citations for both Blue Devils. In addition, Duke had multiple representatives earn AVCA All-America honors for the 11th time in program history and first time since 2014.
FOUR BLUE DEVILS TABBED AVCA ALL-REGION
Senior libero Sasha Karelov, sophomore middle blocker Leah Meyer and senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker earned AVCA All-East Coast Region honors while freshman setter Cindy Marina was tabbed honorable mention as announced by the organization Dec, 6 ... Tucker made her second straight appearance on the all-region squad ... Karelov, an honorable mention pick in 2014 and 2015, and Meyer both earned their first all-region nods.
ACC HONORS FIVE BLUE DEVILS
Senior libero Sasha Karelov earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year distinction and joined senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker and sophomore middle blocker Leah Meyer on the All-ACC first team as announced by the league office Nov. 28 ... In addition, setter Cindy Marina and rightside hitter Samantha Amos garnered ACC All-Freshman Team accolades ... The ACC Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-ACC citations are the first for Karelov, who collected second team all-league honors in each of the past two seasons ... Tucker made her second appearance on the All-ACC first team while Meyer picked up the first allconference honor of her career after collecting ACC All-Freshman Team honors in 2015 ... Duke and North
Carolina were the only two squads with three first
team All-ACC selections in 2016.
TUCKER, MARINA EARN ACC WEEKLY HONORS
Senior middle blocker Jordan Tucker and freshman setter Cindy Marina earned ACC Player and Freshman of the Week honors, respectively, Monday, Nov. 14 ... The duo led Duke to road ACC sweeps at Virginia Tech and Pitt, guiding the Blue Devils to their sixth straight win and 20th of the season ... Tucker was nothing short of dominant in the two matches, averaging 4.00 kills per set while hitting .468 and totaling 1.50 blocks per frame ... She committed just two attack errors on 47 attempts all weekend and topped double-digit kills in both matches ... Marina totaled 68 assists over the weekend, averaging 11.33 assists per set to raise her ACC-leading average to 11.05 assists per frame ... She also contributed three service aces, compared to just one service error, to bring her season total to a team-best 24 on the year.
AMOS NAMED ACC FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Freshman rightside hitter Samantha Amos earned ACC Freshman of the Week honors Nov. 7 after helping Duke to wins over Louisville and Notre Dame ... Amos hammered a career-best 15 kills in three sets versus the Cardinals before bettering that performance with 16 kills against the Fighting Irish ... For the season, Amos has totaled 10-plus kills eight times and four more blocks on nine occasions ... She ranks third on the team in kills per set (2.41) and second in blocks per frame (1.03).
DUO TABBED PRESEASON ALL-ACC
Libero Sasha Karelov and middle blocker Jordan Tucker garnered 2016 Preseason All-ACC recognition as announced by the league Aug. 5 ... Duke’s starting libero the past three seasons, Karelov was an AVCA All-East Coast Region honorable mention and All-ACC second team honoree in 2015 ... One of the top middle blockers in the ACC, Tucker collected AVCA All-East Coast Region and first team All-ACC accolades as a junior in 2015.
HONORS AND AWARDS
|Samantha Amos||ACC All-Freshman Team|
|ACC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 7)|
|Sasha Karelov||AVCA Honorable Mention All-America|
|AVCA All-East Coast Region|
|ACC Defensive Player of the Year|
|First Team All-ACC|
|Anna Kropf||Duke Invite All-Tournament Team|
|Cindy Marina||AVCA All-East Coast Region HM|
|ACC All-Freshman Team|
|ACC Freshman of the Week (Nov. 14)|
|Leah Meyer||AVCA All-East Coast Region|
|First Team All-ACC|
|Jordan Tucker||AVCA Honorable Mention All-America|
|AVCA All-East Coast Region|
|First Team All-ACC|
|ACC Player of the Week (Nov. 14)|
|Alyse Whitaker||Duke Invite All-Tournament Team|