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Blue Devils Battle Tar Heels, Wolfpack on the Road
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/04/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke volleyball team travels to nearby North Carolina and NC State for its first ACC road matches of the 2017 season. The Blue Devils take on the Tar Heels at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 6 before battling the Wolfpack at 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8. Duke (11-4, 3-1 ACC) enters the weekend tied for fourth in the ACC standings while North Carolina (5-7, 2-2 ACC) sits in three-way tie for eighth and NC State (9-6, 4-0 ACC) is tied with Pittsburgh for the top of the league standings. Friday's contest in Chapel Hill, N.C., airs live on ACC Network Extra and RSN is set to broadcast Sunday's match in Raleigh, N.C.

Duke and North Carolina are set for the 103rd meeting in program history Friday. The Tar Heels leads the all-time series, 58-52, but the Blue Devils do hold a 17-15 advantage on the road. UNC won both ends of a home-and-home series with the Blue Devils in 2016. The Tar Heels won both in four sets, first Sept. 1 in Durham then again Nov. 23 in Chapel Hill. Friday’s contest is the first of two matches between Duke and North Carolina this season. The Blue Devils and the Tar Heels reconvene Nov. 24, in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Series History
Overall North Carolina leads 58-52
At UNC Duke leads 17-15
Streak L2
First Meeting October 27, 1971 (W)
Last Meeting November 23, 2016 (L, 1-3)

Sunday’s match marks the 96th in program history between Duke and NC State. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 65-30. The Wolfpack ended Duke’s four-match win streak in the series the two teams’ last enter, a 1-3 NC State victory NOV. 26, 2016 in Reynolds Coliseum. The Blue Devils and the Wolfpack meet again this season, taking the court Nov. 22 in Durham, N.C.

Series History
Overall Duke leads 65-30
At NC State Duke leads 24-18
Streak L1
First Meeting September 29, 1975 (W, 2-1)
Last Meeting November 26, 2016 (L, 1-3)

Freshman outside hitter Payton Schwantz has enjoyed a tremendous start to her collegiate career. The rookie from Frisco, Texas leads the Blue Devils in total kills (175) and kills per set (3.07) while hitting .252 on the year. Schwantz has recorded double-digit kills in 11 of Duke’s 15 matches this season, including seven straight from Sept. 2-22. She was named ACC Freshman of the Week Sept. 11 after leading the Blue Devils to an undefeated weekend at the Fight in the Fort at TCU tournament and also earned all-tournament team honors for her efforts. Schwantz also picked up 2017 Duke Invitational All-Tournament accolades at the conclusion of the Blue Devils’ annual tournament.

After battling injuries throughout her career, senior outside hitter Cadie Bates has been a key contributor to the 2017 Blue Devils, playing all six rotations. Through 15 matches, Bates ranks second on the team with 174 kills, 25 higher than her previous career high (149) set in 2015. She totaled a career-best 20 kills in the season opener at Colorado State and is the only Blue Devil to reach 20 kills in a match this season. Bates has also been solid on defense and leads the Blue Devils with seven double-doubles. She trails only libero Nicole Elattrache in total digs and digs per set this season while also leading Duke with 11 service aces.

Entering the weekend, Duke ranks third in the ACC in hitting percentage (.237), fifth in assists per set (12.56) and fifth in kills per set (13.42) despite the fact Duke does not have a single player in the top 10 in hitting percentage, assists per set or kills per set. Setters Emma Paradiso, Sarah Nelson and Haley Seyfarth have run Duke’s 6-2 system, featuring strong efforts from outside hitters Payton Schwantz and Cadie Bates as well as rightside hitters Natalie Schilling and Samantha Amos. Schilling currently leads the lead with a .285 hitting percentage and has five matches to her credit hitting .300 or better with nine-plus kills. Amos has five matches with 10 or more kills, including a 10-kill performance on .556 hitting the last time out against Georgia Tech.

Senior Nicole Elattrache has assumed the starting libero role and leads the Blue Devils with 225 digs. Elattrache currently ranks eighth in the ACC, averaging 3.95 digs per set. She earned Fight in the Fort at TCU tournament MVP honors after totaling a career-high 29 digs in Duke’s win over Lehigh. For her career, Elattrache owns 912 digs and is 88 shy of becoming the 23rd Blue Devil in program history to reach 1,000 career digs. 

Head coach Jolene Nagel earned her 600th career victory in Duke’s straight-set victory over TCU Sept. 9 in Fort Worth, Texas. With the victory, Nagel became the 22nd active NCAA Division I head coach to reach 600 career wins and joined Florida State’s Chris Poole and North Carolina’s Joe Sagula as the only three ACC coaches to reach the milestone. For her coaching career, Nagel owns a 606-339 record with stints at Cornell, Georgetown and Duke. In her 19th season with the Blue Devils, Nagel owns a 403-199 record at Duke including a 243-101 mark in the ACC

NCAA Tournament Appearances 19
ACC Championships 11
20+ Win Seasons 27
All-America Awards 33
All-Region Honors 61
All-ACC Selections 90
ACC Players of the Year 8
ACC Freshmen of the Year 6
CoSIDA Academic All-America Awards 7

Cadie Bates | 20 kills 10 digs (8/25 at Colorado State)
Cadie Bates | 10 kills, 18 digs (8/26 vs. UCF)
Cadie Bates | 13 kills, 11 digs (9/1 vs. UNCW)
Cadie Bates | 12 kills, 10 digs (9/9 vs. Utah Valley)
Cadie Bates | 12 kills, 15 digs (9/24 vs. Georgia Tech)
Cadie Bates | 12 kills, 16 digs (9/28 vs. Syracuse)
Cadie Bates | 14 kills, 13 digs (10/1 vs. Boston College)
Sarah Nelson | 13 assists, 10 digs (9/1 vs. UNCW)
Emma Paradiso | 32 assists, 10 digs (9/1 at Colorado State)
Emma Paradiso | 24 assists, 17 digs (9/9 vs. Lehigh)
Payton Schwantz | 11 kills, 12 digs (9/1 vs. UNCW)

Cadie Bates | 20 kills (8/25 at Colorado State)

20+ DIGS
Nicole Elattrache | 24 digs (8/25 vs. Colorado State)
Nicole Elattrache | 29 digs (9/9 vs. Lehigh)
Nicole Elattrache | 20 digs (9/28 vs. Syracuse)