DURHAM – The Duke volleyball team completed the rivalry sweep as it outlasted NC State, 3-2 (25-18, 20-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-13), Friday evening in ACC volleyball action at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With the victory, the Blue Devils improve to 15-8 overall and 6-6 in conference play. Head coach Jolene Nagel‘s squad has won four of its last five contests.
Duke featured three with double-double performances, led by Gracie Johnson’s 16-kill and 14-dig showing. Jess Robinson tallied 14 kills and just three errors to hit .344 percent for the match and added a team-leading seven blocks while Lizzie Fleming hit .412 percent with six blocks.
Setter Emma Worthington dished 39 assists while four different Blue Devils tallied 10 or more digs — Worthington (17), Johnson (14), Madison Bryant (13) and Kerry Keefe (11). In addition to Keefe’s 12 kills, she tallied a career-high four aces while Johnson added three of her own.
The almost three-hour match featured a whopping 46 ties as Duke hit .238 percent.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Duke went on a 7-1 run to end the first set and took an early 1-0 lead in the match. The Blue Devils came out swinging to hit .243 percent and some early blocking limited the Wolfpack to a .049 clip, their lowest of the match.
- The Wolfpack responded with a .244 hitting percentage of their own in the second set to even the match, 1-1. NC State’s Amanda Rice led the offense with six kills and no errors while Ava Brizard tallied three aces.
- Both offenses were…