DURHAM- The Duke Volleyball Program and Head Coach Jolene Nagel announced the addition of four players to the 2022 squad as Devon Chang, Madison Bryant, Christina Barrow and Sophie Ortega will join the Blue Devils this fall.
Newport Beach, California | UCLA | Setter 5-11 | Graduate
Chang comes to Durham after spending three seasons as a passer at UCLA. She is coming back from a season-ending injury and will train with the Blue Devils this summer.
Most recently, in the spring of 2021, she saw action in 24 sets and seven matches before her injury. In the spring, she averaged 6.08 assists and 2.04 digs per set while posting two double-doubles. Chang had a season-high 35 assists against Washington State after having a career-high 18 digs at Oregon. Along with his diving abilities, Chang is a solid net presence and totaled a career-high six blocks (1 solo, 5 assisted) in San Diego in 2018.
During her rookie season in 2018, Chang played in 14 matches and 40 sets where she averaged 8.75 assists and 2.70 digs, adding five aces. She finished third on the team with five double-doubles and had a career-high 52 assists against San Diego.
Off the court, she excels in the classroom as a two-time Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll selection.
“We are thrilled to welcome a veteran of Devon’s caliber and character to our program,” Nagel said. “I’ve followed her career since her high school days and have always enjoyed watching her compete. Devon has a great spirit for the game and a poise on the pitch that allows him to kick the ball around so effectively. His impact in our gym will be immediate. She has an incredible character, long history of success and extensive leadership experience. I am thrilled to have such an exceptional student-athlete in our Duke volleyball family and look forward to of his arrival in Durham this summer.
Anderson, SC | Tennessee | 5-10 DS/L | Graduate
Bryant comes to Duke after spending three seasons as a defensive/libero specialist at Tennessee. The Vols posted a 20-10 overall record, went 11-7 in conference, and made their 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
As a defensive specialist, she is crucial in facilitating the attack and leading the defensive unit as a vocal player. As a junior in 2021, she finished the season with 370 digs as Tennessee finished fourth in the SEC with 1,666 and Bryant ranked 10th with 3.43 digs/set in 108 sets. She has a career-high 26 digs and 10 assists and recorded her first career double-double with 16 digs and 10 assists against Arkansas (9/26/22).
Her sophomore season was a big hit as she ranked second in the conference with 3.85 digs/set, which was the eighth-highest single-season average for Tennessee in the rally scoring era. of 25 points.
Outside of volleyball, she has been selected to the SEC Honor Roll three times.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Madison,” said Nagel. “We have enjoyed working with our grad students and they have brought experience and maturity to our team. We will benefit from his experience competing in the SEC as a Libero to improve our sideline and transition game. “
Fayetteville, Georgia | Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy | 5-8 Setter/DS | First-year student
Barrow joins the Blue Devil program from Fayetteville, Georgia, where she attended Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy and played for the Rio Volleyball Club.
She was selected All-State after this season (2021-22), All-Area (2018-22) and set her school’s assist record with 3,293 assists.
Outside of volleyball, Barrow was heavily involved with the Student Government Association (SGA), holding several roles, was the editor of its yearbook, and served on the board of the Diversity Council.
“Christina is a strong athlete who as a setter also plays great defense,” Nagel said. “Christina leads with a ‘professional’ effort while having a very calm court demeanor.”
Miami, Florida | Guilford North West Secondary School | 5-8 DS | First-year student
Sofia Ortega is a defensive specialist who played club with the NC Volleyball Academy. She was named the 2018 and 2019 All-Miami Dade Award winner, conference rookie (2018), first-team All-Conference (2020 and 2021) and qualified for 18 national championships this spring. She also spent a year in lacrosse as a midfielder.
She was a member of Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program), a member of the National Honor Society, president of Future Business Leaders of America and vice president of the Hispanic Student Association.
“Sofia is a solid defensive player who plays with a lot of determination and focus,” Nagel said. “She will bring energy and intensity to the pitch and push a fast pace.”
These four Blue Devils will join Duke’s incoming class which includes Taylor Atkinson, Kerry Keefe, Millie Muir and Sydney Tomlak. Nagel’s incoming class earned a No. 16 ranking in the nation by Prep Volleyball.
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