banner
Duke

VB: No. 13 Duke Earns Straight Set Win at Miami

Posted November 22, 2013

Duke Logo

Looking to retain its lead in the ACC standings, the 13th-ranked Duke volleyball team capitalized on a balanced team effort to top Miami 3-0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-13) Friday evening at the Knight Complex.

Outside hitters Jeme Obeime and Emily Sklar powered a Blue Devil offense which dropped 48 kills over the three stanzas. Obeime knocked down 13 kills without committing an attack error, while Sklar also added 13 kills and 13 digs for her third straight double-double.

Junior setter Maggie Deichmeister coordinated the Duke (25-3, 16-1 ACC) offensive effort, guiding the Blue Devils to a .389 hitting percentage while dishing out 37 assists. Middle blockers Chelsea Cook and Jordan Tucker also got in on the action, registering nine and seven kills, respectively.

Not to be overlooked, Duke’s defense picked up 71 digs compared to 54 for the Hurricanes, limiting Miami (16-11, 9-8 ACC) to a .173 clip for the match. Senior libero Ali McCurdy added 20 digs, sophomore Elizabeth Campbell contributed 14 and freshman Sasha Karelov chipped in with 10.

“What a great team effort to be able to come down here and get this math in three,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “Miami played good defense, and the first two sets were very, very tight. We did a lot of things well tonight. We served well, we blocked, we dug a lot of balls and we had few hitting errors. For our offense to only have eight hitting errors the entire match is pretty exciting.”

Duke jumped out to an early lead, withstood a furious Miami rally and ultimately took set one, 25-21. Cook and Obeime dropped six kills apiece while neither Blue Devil committed an attack error in the opening set to pace the offense. Up 11-4, Duke saw its advantage shrink to a point at 18-17. A Cook kill and Sklar service ace gave Duke some breathing room, and Obeime dropped three of her kills over the final few points to secure the 1-0 Duke lead.

The two squads battled back and forth to begin the second game until Duke was able to pull away late. The Blue Devils trailed 17-16 before rallying 9-2 to close out the frame. Deichmeister put down a pair of kills to put Duke on top, and Sklar knocked down the kill after a long rally to swing the momentum in Duke’s favor. Up 21-91, Duke received two kills and a block assist from Tucker to help finish off the stanza.

After two tough sets to open the match, Duke was not to be stopped in the third frame. The Blue Devils totaled 14 kills without committing an attack error and utilized 4.0 blocks to limit the Hurricanes to a .053 hitting percentage. Tied at 4-4, a 5-0 run, ignited by a pair of blocks and a Cook kill, gave Duke control of the set. The Blue Devils cruised to the 25-13 victory to clinch their 25th win of the season.

Outside Misty Ma’A paced the Hurricanes with nine kills followed by Savannah Leaf with eight. Libero Ryan Shaffer picked up 22 digs to lead all players.

Duke faces another road test this Sunday, traveling to No. 19 Florida State for a 1 p.m. tilt at Tully Gym.

Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Today at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Dallas

    Today at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs Cleveland

    Today at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • WCBB: Duke vs. Kentucky

    Today at 3:00 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
1:00pm Today
CAR
CLE
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
3:30pm Today
TOR
NYK
4:30pm Today
CLE
MEM
6:00pm Tonight
MIA
BOS
6:00pm Tonight
BRK
DET
6:00pm Tonight
SAC
LAL
6:00pm Tonight
ORL
PHI
6:00pm Tonight
WAS
PHO
7:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
7:00pm Tonight
OKC
NOP
12:00pm Today
UVA
HARV
1:00pm Today
BGU
FERST
 
1:00pm Today
ARMY
MAINE
 
1:00pm Today
QUIN
ORST
1:00pm Today
CLST
USF
 
1:30pm Today
CARK
CCAR
 
2:00pm Today
UWGB
ARKLR
 
2:00pm Today
RAD
CORN
 
2:00pm Today
UNT
CREI
2:00pm Today
CAN
HC
 
2:00pm Today
USB
GHND
 
2:00pm Today
OKST
MD
2:00pm Today
WINT
REIN
 
2:00pm Today
UGST
SMISS
2:00pm Today
NEOM
TXPA
 
2:00pm Today
STLU
VERM
 
2:00pm Today
UNCA
WCU
 
2:05pm Today
EVAN
ALAST
 
2:30pm Today
HART
FIU
 
2:35pm Today
VALPO
GOSHEN
 
3:00pm Today
LIP
PEAY
 
3:00pm Today
DEN
BRY
 
3:00pm Today
MONT
SD
 
3:00pm Today
MTST
TENST
3:00pm Today
SAMF
LAMON
 
3:30pm Today
SCAR
COKR
 
4:00pm Today
HAMP
NARZ
 
4:00pm Today
SDU
SDCHR
 
4:00pm Today
BC
USC
4:30pm Today
NICST
TROY
 
4:30pm Today
BRAD
UCI
 
6:00pm Tonight
UGA
SHU
6:30pm Tonight
ALA
APP
7:00pm Tonight
KSU
NDST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WASU
SJST
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
6:00pm Tonight
DET
COL
6:00pm Tonight
EDM
DAL
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
BUF
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
CAR
7:00pm Tonight
CHI
TOR
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
1:00pm Today
NOS
ATL
1:00pm Today
HOU
BAL
1:00pm Today
CAR
CLE
1:00pm Today
CHI
DET
1:00pm Today
TAM
GBP
1:00pm Today
PIT
KAN
1:00pm Today
MIA
MIN
1:00pm Today
NYJ
NEP
4:05pm Today
STL
NYG
4:25pm Today
OAK
BUF
4:25pm Today
DAL
IND
8:30pm Tonight
ARI
SEA