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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Karelov, Tucker Collect AVCA All-America Honors
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/14/2016
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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke volleyball seniors Sasha Karelov and Jordan Tucker collected 2016 AVCA Division I Honorable Mention All-America honors as announced by the coaches association Wednesday.

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.

Duke’s starting libero each of the past three seasons, Karelov once again anchored the Blue Devil back row in 2016, leading the conference with 634 digs and a 5.42 digs-per-set average. The Raleigh, N.C., native picked up 20-plus digs on 15 occasions, including a program-record 44 digs Sept. 30 at Notre Dame.

Karelov finished her collegiate career with 2,023 to become the third Blue Devil in program history with 2,000 career digs, joining Ali McCurdy (2,538) and Jenny Shull (2,200). In addition, her career 4.52 digs-per-set average ranks fourth all-time at Duke.

A dominant presence for Duke in the middle, Tucker ended the season with career bests in kills (387), kills per set (3.31) and hitting percentage (.358). She knocked down 10 or more kills 24 times and topped .300 hitting on 18 occasions in 2016. Tucker finished the season ranked third in the ACC in hitting percentage and was the only middle blocker ranked in the top 10 in the league in kills per frame and points (456.0).

For her career, Tucker ranks 14th in program history in kills (1,186), fifth in hitting percentage (.319) and eighth in blocks (401). She is the ninth Blue Devil to surpass 400 career blocks and is one of sixth Duke players all-time to top 1,000 career kills and 400 blocks while hitting above .300 for a career.

The Blue Devils finished the 2016 campaign tied for third in the ACC standings with a 15-5 league mark and 21-9 overall record. Duke reached 20 wins for the 27th time in program history and 10th time in the past 12 seasons.