Schwantz returns for the fifth year

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DURHAM – The Head Coach Jolene nagel and the Duke Volleyball Program are delighted to announce Payton Schwantz will remain with the team for their fifth year of eligibility.

Schwantz elected to use her final year of NCAA eligibility due to COVID-19 and is currently enrolled in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

“I’m incredibly excited and feel really blessed,” Schwantz said. “I’m really grateful to Coach for the relationship we’ve built over the years. The opportunity to go to college here is amazing. I couldn’t be in a better position.”
The 5-11 outside hitter has been a mainstay of Duke’s roster for the past four years, typically as a six-rotation player.

She has played in 376 sets and has racked up 1,025 kills, 818 digs, 100 blocks and 38 aces on service to date. The Frisco, Texas native became the 26th Blue Devil to reach the 1,000 dead milestone during Duke’s sweep of Boston College on March 22, 2021.

“This year I want to be in the moment and stay present in everything I do,” Schwantz said. “While it can be overwhelming at times to balance school and volleyball, I want to make the most of every situation.”

In the spring of 2021, Schwantz was named to the All-ACC squad and was named to the ACC All-Freshman squad following her rookie season as she became Duke’s first rookie with over 350 wins since Rachael Moss in 2006. Schwantz graduated in May with a BA in Biology and a Certificate in Market and Management Studies.

Schwantz and the team will first kick off the 2021 roster with a show against North Carolina A&T on Thursday, August 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke’s first regular-season game will be on the road at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, starting with the Chanticleers on Friday, August 27.

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