Duke Breaks Losing Streak to North Carolina
DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke volleyball team ended a ten-match losing streak to North Carolina, defeating the Tar Heels, 3-2 Thursday night, Sept. 29, at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils improve to 8-3 overall and 2-1 in the ACC while the Tar Heels fall to 7-6 and 2-1 in the league.
Duke won the five-game match 30-26, 27-30, 30-22, 27-30, 15-11 to give North Carolina its first conference loss of the season.
"Tonight was an important night for us because we havent beaten Carolina lately," stated Duke Head Coach Jolene Nagel. "It was important for us to win as a team. Our team really hung tough to be able to get this win. I am very proud of how our team played steady throughout the match. In game five, I thought we did a good job of continuing to be aggressive and we didnt make may errors either, which was great."
The Blue Devils had seven players who either recorded or tied career highs in the win over the Tar Heels. Sophomore Jenny Shulls career-high 37 digs in the match now ranks second-best all-time in Duke volleyball history behind Maureen Reindls 42 digs, set on September 26, 1995 against N.C. State. Shull also tied her career high in assists with five. Senior Sarah Salem set a career high with 21 digs in the win, including nine digs in the deciding game five.
Junior Tealle Hunkus notched a career-high 27 digs while her six blocks tied her career high set earlier this year. Junior Pixie Levanas posted a career-high 17 kills in the win while senior Samantha Fisher recorded career highs in assists and digs with five each. She also added 11 kills for the Blue Devils. Sophomore Carrie DeMange tied her career high in digs with 16 while freshman Jourdan Norman set a career high in digs (nine) and tied career highs in kills (12) and blocks (nine). Norman missed recording her first career triple-double by one dig and one block.
Sophomore Ali Hausfeld posted her fifth double-double of the season, pacing the Blue Devils with 68 assists and recording 15 digs. She also added five blocks in the match. Hunkus also notched her fifth double-double of the year, adding 12 kills to her career-high 27 digs. DeMange recorded her ninth double-double in Dukes first eleven matches, collecting 23 kills to go along with her 16 digs.
"We are continuing to grow as a team and Im excited about that," Nagel said. "Im excited about the way the girls hung in there tonight because Carolina is an aggressive team and we could have easily not played as hard. I am very pleased with how hard we played to win this match."
With the 3-2 victory, Duke now holds a 2-0 lead over North Carolina in this years Carlyle Cup, which is a yearlong competition between the Blue Devils and the Tar Heels sponsored by Carlyle & Co. of Greensboro, N.C. Duke also earned a point in the Carlyle Cup after the fifth-ranked Blue Devils defeated the No. 3 Tar Heels, 2-1 in field hockey on September 23.
Duke will look for its third-straight ACC victory when they host N.C. State tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke will also play host to Wake Forest on Tuesday, October 4 before a four-match ACC road trip to Virginia, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Maryland October 7-16.
-- Courtesy Duke