DURHAM, N.C. - After playing seven of its past nine matches at home, the Duke University volleyball team kicks off November with a road trip to Boston College and Maryland. The Blue Devils and the Eagles meet Friday, November 2 in Power Gym at 7 p.m., while Duke and Maryland get underway Sunday, November 4 at 2 p.m., in Comcast Pavilion.
Gametracker coverage is available for both matches while Sunday's contest will be streamed for a fee via UMTerps.com.
After falling to North Carolina this past Friday, Duke (13-12, 4-9 ACC) rebounded with a come-from-behind victory over NC State Sunday. Down 2-1 overall and 17-11 in the fourth set, the Blue Devils rallied behind the strength of their blocking for the five-set win. Senior Christiana Gray totaled a season-high 11 blocks, including eight in the final two frames, while freshman Emily Sklar registered a career-high 20 kills.
Despite missing time due to injury, Sklar is one of Duke's top threats this season. The rookie from San Jose, Calif., averages a team-high 3.13 kills per set, good for ninth in the ACC. Sophomore Jeme Obeime leads the team with 247 total kills, while Gray is third on the team with 234. Along the net, junior Chelsea Cook is sixth in the ACC, averaging 1.14 blocks per set.
In addition, Duke averages an ACC-best 17.02 digs per set, limiting opponents to .184 hitting. With 538 digs in 2012, junior Ali McCurdy is the only player in the ACC to top 500 digs for the season. She leads the conference in digs per set (5.60) and is only seven digs shy of the No. 2 spot in the school career records.
Duke holds a 13-1 advantage over Boston College (10-15, 4-9 ACC) in the all-time series. However the Eagles earned their first victory over the Blue Devils earlier this season in the two teams' previous meeting. Freshman Katty Workman has enjoyed a standout rookie campaign, leading the Eagles and the ACC with a 4.11 kills per set average.
Duke is 40-25 all-time against Maryland (12-13, 3-10 ACC) following a 3-0 victory over the Terps on October 5. Maryland has won two of its last three matches heading into the weekend and meets Wake Forest Friday before facing the Blue Devils. Sophomore Ashleigh Crutcher leads the Terps' offense, moving in to second in the ACC with a 3.84 kills per set average after totaling 28 against Clemson last weekend.
The Blue Devils wrap up the home portion of their schedule next weekend, playing host to ACC leaders Florida State and Miami. Duke and FSU meet Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m., in Cameron, followed by a 7 p.m., bout Saturday, November 10 against Miami.
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