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Sasha Karelov
Duke Among Nation's Top Defensive Teams
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/04/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke led the ACC in digs for the fourth consecutive season and finished the 2016 campaign among the nation’s top defensive squads.

The Blue Devils averaged 18.31 digs per set to rank fourth among all NCAA Division I programs. Duke was also one of just fi ve DI teams to average over 18.00 digs per frame.

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 fi ve teams to average over 18.00 digs per frame for the season, joining UNI (18.52), South Dakota (18.44), Tulsa (18.34) and SFA (18.00). 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) -- all averaged over 2.50 digs per set, while 2016 ACC Defensive Player of the Year Karelov paced the league in both total digs and digs per set.

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 a .200 hitting percentage. Duke also allowed just two opponents (Loyola Marymount and NC State) to post a clip above .300 all season.

National Digs Per Set Leaders
1. UNI 18.52
2. South Dakota 18.44
3. Tulsa 18.34
4. Duke 18.31
5. SFA 18.00

ACC Digs Per Set Leaders
1. Duke 18.31
2. Georgia Tech 16.21
3. Notre Dame 15.87