DURHAM – The Duke volleyball team are set to play their final game of the regular season on Friday against North Carolina. The Blue Devils face the Tar Heels at 6:30 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Ahead of Friday’s game, the Duke volleyball program will honor six seniors for their accomplishments on and off the field. Duke will recognize graduate students Taylor cole and Payton Schwantz and seniors Mackenzie cole, Lily cooper, Ade Owokoniran and Alex springate.
Duke shared the weekend at No.1 Louisville and Syracuse. The Cardinals swept aside the Blue Devils before Duke claimed a 3-1 victory at Syracuse. The Blue Devils were led offensively by the seniors Ade Owokoniran and junior Gracie johnson with 16 and 12 kills, respectively, as Duke hit 0.233% for the team. Graduate student Payton Schwantz also added nine eliminations and a single error for a 0.417 hit percentage. Setter Camille Nazor distributed 37 assists in libero Mackenzie cole picked up 20 digs. Second year Georgia Stavrinides punctuated the blocker body with 10 blocks, including five solo, for a career high. Johnson and Schwantz also had 16 and 12 digs, respectively.
TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SERIES
Duke and North Carolina will meet for the 120th time in program history on Friday. The two teams know each other very well and it is rare not to meet twice in a season. Friday also marks the third meeting this year as the Tar Heels have won the two previous outings. North Carolina holds a 65-55 advantage in the series and has won seven of the last eight. Duke is 26-27 in Durham.
SCOUTING THE TALONS OF TAR
The Tar Heels come in on Friday 20-8 and are 9-7 in the CCA. They are ranked in the top five of seven different ACC categories, evidenced by a season pass percentage of .255. Four Tar Heels are ranked in the top 10 in terms of winning percentage and wins, led by Nia Robinson with 374 wins and Mabrey Shaffmaster with 344 wins. Kaya Merkler has the fifth best hitting percentage in the conference (0.355). It will be a battle between the liberos on Friday as Karenna Wurl places second in the CAC behind Mackenzie cole in excavations (313, 4.06 excavations / set). Merkler tops the blocking body with 90.
The Duke Volleyball team are excited to continue their partnership with the Duke Cancer Institute’s Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Program this season with the Spike Out Cancer initiative.
The Blue Devils will dedicate their games against North Carolina (October 22 and November 26) to raising awareness and supporting cancer in teens and young adults. With your support, every spike the Blue Devils make during these two games will raise money for the Duke Cancer Institute’s TYAO program. In February 2019, former Duke volleyball player Jessi Bartholomew (19) was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma shortly after finishing her senior season. She has completed six months of chemotherapy as well as two weeks of radiation therapy and is currently in remission. To pledge any amount per tip, or make a one-time donation, please click here. This year, First Citizens Bank will double your donation to support this cause.
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