DURHAM, N.C. – Graduate student Andie Shelton notched her second triple-double this season to lead Duke past UNCG 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16) Tuesday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Shelton finished the match with 11 kills, 11 digs and 19 assists while Duke (4-2) hit .325 as a team to record its fourth straight win.
“We excited to get the W for sure,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “We did get off to a slow start but I liked the way our team dug out of it and started executing better.”
Middle blocker Leah Meyer joined Shelton in double-digit kills, putting down 10 kills on 14 attack attempts without an error to hit .714. Outside hitter Jessi Bartholomew rounded out the Duke contingent with 10-plus kills, adding 10 while hitting .364.
Defensively, Duke limited UNCG (3-4) to a .132 hitting percentage, marking the fourth-straight match the Blue Devils have held their opponent to a clip under .200. In addition to Shelton, Mackenzie Cole (12), Payton Schwantz (10) and Kelli Kalinoski (10) all picked up double-digit digs.
Duke shrugged off slow starts in both the first and second sets, capturing both with late runs. In contrast, the Blue Devils bolted to an early third-set lead, ultimately hitting .484 with 19 kills in a dominant final frame.
“We did have a slow start, but I’m excited to see us continue to increase our hitting percentage each set,” Nagel added. “Hopefully we can continue to do that and bring all these pieces together. It’s only our sixth match. We have a lot of new players and we’re still learning about each other. Tonight, we made progress.”
The Blue Devils return to action with the Duke Invitational Friday-Saturday, September 7-8 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The tournament field includes Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina and East Tennessee State in addition to the host Blue Devils.