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VB: Blue Devils Win Two at Duke Invitational

Posted August 30

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— The 21st-ranked Duke volleyball team started off the season with a pair of victories Friday in Cameron Indoor Stadium, defeating North Florida 3-0 (25-22, 25-10, 25-19) before downing High Point 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 15-25, 25-23) on the first day of the Duke Invitational.

Duke (2-0) followed a slow start in set one against North Florida with dominating performances in the final two frames. Senior outside hitter Jeme Obeime pounded a match-high 16 kills to pace a potent Duke offensive attack. Obeime hit a scalding .583 over the course of the match, committing just two errors on 24 attempts. The sophomore middle blocker duo of Alyse Whitaker and Jordan Tucker combined for 20 kills as both Blue Devils hit over .500 as well. Whitaker tallied a career-best 11 kills, while Tucker added nine.

Sophomore libero Sasha Karelov led all players with 12 digs. All three Duke setters saw time with senior Maggie Deichmeister collecting a match-high 32 assists.

The Blue Devils faced a tougher challenge in its second match. Duke was able to hold off High Point in the end, capturing the four-set win. Obeime led the Blue Devils in kills for the second time in as many matches, knocking down a match-high 17.

Duke hit .390 in its season-opening win against North Florida, but the Blue Devils struggled to maintain a consistent rhythm in their second match of the day, committing 24 attack errors.

Up 2-0, Duke ran into trouble in the third frame. High Point blazed out to a 13-8 cushion and ultimately took the set 25-15. Eight Duke attack errors contributed to the Panther lead. High Point also hit .542 in the third frame, totaling 14 kills and a single attack error.

The Blue Devils’ defense, which did not allow High Point to hit over .115 in any set except the third, returned to form in the fourth frame. Freshman defensive specialist Nicole Elattrache picked up six of her 10 digs in the final frame, while Tucker and Obeime combined for nine kills.

Along with Elattrache, Karelov also topped double-digit digs, totaling a team-high 11 for the match.

Chelsea Davis paced High Point, registering a double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs.

The Blue Devils conclude the 2014 Duke Invitational with a 3 p.m., match up against Furman Saturday in Cameron.

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Local
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
1st
DUKE 36
TEMPL 26
 
Final
CHA 100
ORL 105
 
Final
PHI 96
PHO 122
Final
ATL 99
DET 89
 
Final
TOR 124
MIL 83
 
Final
MEM 117
BOS 100
 
4th
OKC 88
BRK 93
 
4th
WAS 91
CLE 77
 
Final
MIN 92
SAN 121
 
4th
DAL 112
LAL 83
 
3rd
DEN 62
NOP 51
 
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
3rd
RICE 17
UTEP 6
 
2nd
SDST 13
AFA 0
 
2nd
UTST 7
SJST 0
 
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
Final
ODU 70
LSU 61
Final
KENT 89
BU 65
 
Final
SCAR 63
CHAR 65
 
Final
UVA 59
GWU 42
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
Final
GT 78
MAST 69
 
Final
RIDE 78
LEH 74
 
Final
MSU 87
LOYC 52
 
Final
CMICH 76
MAINE 48
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
Final
BAY 60
PVU 45
 
Final
HOF 66
USB 65
 
Final
OREG 78
TOL 68
 
Final
UGA 82
TROY 60
 
Final
STAN 89
UNLV 60
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
Final
EMICH 71
YOUNG 62
 
Final
MON 73
COOK 50
 
Final
FIU 74
FLMEM 48
 
Final
KSU 74
SILL 51
 
Final
CAL 55
TEX 71
 
Final
GMAS 58
NMU 69
 
Final
ILL 107
PEAY 66
 
Final
ARK 99
DELST 71
 
Final
MCNST 85
JCHR 70
 
Final
NDST 68
KNST 55
 
Final
OKST 82
UWMIL 68
 
Final
LATU 73
MORE 64
 
Final
SDKST 74
NDAK 72
 
Final
XAV 81
STEPH 63
 
1st OT
UF 60
LAMON 56
 
2nd
WAKE 65
IONA 75
 
2nd
GRCN 48
FAM 26
 
2nd
COLST 54
UGST 54
 
2nd
WASU 41
IDST 41
 
2nd
WEBER 30
ILLST 44
 
2nd
AUB 52
LALAF 44
 
2nd
LOU 43
MARS 30
 
2nd
ORST 30
ORU 20
 
2nd
SD 36
SHSU 36
 
2nd
UTAH 62
UCR 28
 
1st
DUKE 36
TEMPL 26
 
1st
CORN 35
PSU 26
 
1st
CPSL 15
DEL 13
 
1st
SEAT 9
WASH 5
 
10:30pm Tonight
LBSU
KYST
10:35pm Tonight
AMER
PBY
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
Final
CLB 3
BOS 4
 
Final
PIT 4
NYI 5
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
1st Intermission
EDM 0
NJD 0