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Duke Returns Home to Face Miami, Florida State
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/11/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium for its lone home matches in the month of October. The Blue Devils (11-6, 3-3 ACC) play host to Miami (9-3, 3-3 ACC) at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13 prior to welcoming Florida State (9-5, 3-3 ACC) at 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 15. Admission to both matches is free to all fans, while ACC Network Extra will broadcast both matches via and the ESPN app. In addition, Duke has designated this weekend's contests as Dig Pink events in an effort to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Friday, Oct. 13 | 6:30 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Duke and Miami are set for the 24th meeting in program history Friday. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 15-8. After the Hurricanes won four straight against the Blue Devils from 2011-12, Duke has won six of the teams’ past seven meetings. In 2016, Duke topped Miami 3-2 at home Nov. 20 in the only contest between the two teams a season ago.

Series History
Overall Duke leads 15-8
At Duke Duke leads 7-4
Streak W2
First Meeting Dec. 6, 2002 (L, 0-3)
Last Meeting Nov. 20, 2016 (W, 3-2)

Sunday, Oct. 15 | 1 p.m. | ACC Network Extra
Sunday’s match marks the 56th in program history between Duke and Florida State. The Blue Devils lead the all-time series, 37-18, including an 18-7 margin at home. The Seminoles have held the upper hand as of late, winning 10 of the teams’ past 13 meetings. Florida State defeated Duke 3-1 in the programs’ lone 2016 contest Nov, 18 in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Series History
Overall Duke leads 37-18
At Duke Duke leads 18-7
Streak L3
First Meeting Nov. 11, 1983 (L, 1-3)
Last Meeting November 18, 2016 (L, 1-3)

Freshman outside hitter Payton Schwantz has enjoyed a tremendous start to her collegiate career. The rookie from Frisco, Texas is second on the team in total kills (192) and kills per set (3.00) while hitting .256 on the year. Schwantz has recorded double-digit kills in 12 of Duke’s 17 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 17 matches, Bates leads the team with 201 kills, 52 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 eight double-doubles. She trails only libero Nicole Elattrache in total digs and digs per set this season while also leading Duke with 12 service aces.

Entering the weekend, Duke ranks fifth in the ACC in hitting percentage (.228), fifth in assists per set (12.55) and fourth in kills per set (13.41) 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 hitter Samantha Amos. A 2016 All-ACC Freshman Team selection, Amos has five matches with 10 or more kills and six with a hitting percentage of .300 or better.

Senior Nicole Elattrache has assumed the starting libero role and leads the Blue Devils with 260 digs. Elattrache currently ranks sixth in the ACC, averaging 4.06 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 947 digs and is 53 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 606-341 record with stints at Cornell, Georgetown and Duke. In her 19th season with the Blue Devils, Nagel owns a 403-201 record at Duke including a 243-103 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)
Cadie Bates | 10 kills, 13 digs (10/8 at NC State)
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)
Nicole Elattrache | 24 digs (10/6 at North Carolina)