Duke Sweeps Col. of Charleston, remains undefeated

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DURHAM – The Duke volleyball team closed the Duke Invitational on Saturday with a 3-0 sweep (25-17, 25-22, 25-9) against the College of Charleston at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the win, the Blue Devils improved their record to 6-0, their best start since 2002.

“This weekend was an opportunity to play against teams that you don’t see at the ACC”, head coach Jolene nagel noted. “You don’t just schedule for wins… you schedule to play against teams that will do well in their own conferences. [I’m] really proud of my team this weekend. This team is on a mission. A lot of our seniors have been playing since they were first year, as well as our juniors, so they have a lot of experience on the pitch. Not only are they juniors and seniors, but they are leaders. The whole team has worked very hard in its culture, its cohesion and its commitment. “

As a team, Duke recorded the best hitting percentage of the season (0.429) with just eight attacking errors and was led by the juniors. Gracie johnson and recruit Rachel richardson with 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Johnson also led the team on the defensive end with 12 digs, two blocks and four aces to help limit the Cougars to just a .110 clip. Richardson hit a whopping 0.692 percent as a passer Alex springate distributed 31 assists by finding 10 different Blue Devils.

Duke got off to a good start, hitting 0.429 in the first set as the Blue Devils offense confused the Cougars on both sides of the ball.

Duke’s serve helped them secure a victory in the second set, with Johnson registering four aces at key points in the game. All tied at 15, College of Charleston ran 4-0 to take a 19-15 lead, forcing Nagel to take his first timeout of the set. Johnson’s back-to-back aces helped lead a 7-0 run for Duke to lead 23-19. The Cougars tried to answer, but the elder Lily cooper solo block to end the set gave Duke a 2-0 lead before third.

Duke absolutely dominated in the third, converting 17 of his 21 attack attempts with zero errors to achieve a stellar 0.810% rate. Setter Camille Nazor stepped in and provided seven assists as Duke fired at full blast to put the Cougars on their heels with a negative hitting percentage.

College of Charleston was led by Gabi Bailey with eight kills.

Mackenzie cole, Lizzie fleming and Springate were named to the Duke Invitational All-Tournament squad alongside Taylor Nomanson (Miami [OH]), Sophie Riermersma (Miami [OH]), Gabi Bailey (Col. De Charleston) and Essence Bell (Howard).

The Blue Devils will travel to Michigan State for the Big Ten / ACC Challenge September 10-11. Duke will face Michigan’s No.23 on Friday before Michigan State on Saturday.

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