WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The Blue Devil offense hit over .300 for a ninth time this season as the Duke volleyball team extended its current winning streak to nine matches with a 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-20) ACC road win over Wake Forest Friday evening at Reynolds Gym.
Junior Jeme Obeime led a trio of Blue Devils in double-digit kills, amassing a match-high 16 while hitting a torrid .500. Fellow outside hitter Emily Sklar put down 15 kills of her own and added 10 digs for the fifth double-double of her sophomore campaign. Senior middle blocker Chelsea Cook continued her solid play, chipping in with 10 kills and four blocks.
Junior setter Maggie Deichmeister tossed up 44 assists, averaging 14.67 per frame, while also adding seven digs and a block. Duke (23-3, 14-1 ACC), led by senior libero Ali McCurdy’s 13-dig effort, picked up 53 digs to 50 for the Demon Deacons as the Blue Devil defense limited Wake Forest (15-12, 4-11 ACC) to a .167 hitting percentage on the night.
“We really wanted to come to Wake and play well because we’ve struggled here the past few years,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “It was important for us to go after it. We wanted to minimize our errors, and we wanted to be really disciplined on our blocks in order to dig a lot of balls. I continue to see this team play with a lot of composure in difficult environments, and tonight was a tremendous environment for volleyball; it was very loud and [Wake Forest] was very aggressive.”
Duke’s offense came out firing on all cylinders, totaling 19 kills and just one attack error en route to a 25-20 victory in the opening game. The Blue Devils’ outside tandem of Sklar and Obeime combined for 13 kills, helping Duke hit .450 in the set.
The Blue Devils faced an uphill battle in the second game, falling behind 7-2 early. Errors plagued Duke to start the frame, and Wake Forest capitalized on the miscues to build a 17-9 advantage. Undeterred, the Blue Devils chipped away at the lead, cutting the deficit to two with a 9-3 run. Deichmeister and freshman Jordan Tucker combined on a block to tie the game at 21-21, and Obeime finished things off with three kills over the final six points to secure the 25-23 win.
Twice Wake Forest put together 4-0 runs to tie the third set, but Duke was able to keep the Demon Deacons at bay in the end. Tied at 18-all, Duke came out of a timeout with a Sklar kill and never looked back. Tucker put down two of her five kills over the final points to ice the match for Duke.
Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium Saturday evening, facing ACC foe Georgia Tech at 7:30 p.m.
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