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Duke volleyball rolls past N.C. State in 3-0 victory

Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2006

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Raleigh, NC - The Duke volleyball team recorded its 11th straight victory over N.C. State on Wednesday night, rolling to a 3-0 (30-13, 30-19, 30-20) victory at Reynolds Coliseum. The Blue Devils improve to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in the ACC while the Wolfpack fall to 2-11 overall and 0-4 in league play.

In the opening game, Duke jumped out to a 7-1 lead to force an N.C. State timeout. After the Wolfpack cut Duke's lead to five points at 8-3, the Blue Devils went on a 6-1 run to extend their lead to 10 points at 14-4. Duke would again extend its lead to 10 points at 17-7 before going on an 11-6 run to force N.C. State to use its second timeout of the game. The Blue Devils then scored the next two points to finish out game one, 30-13. Duke had 16 kills and no attack errors to hit .615 in game one and held N.C. State to a -.030 hitting percentage.

After the two teams traded the first 14 points in game two, the Blue Devils went on an 8-3 run to take a 15-10 lead, forcing a Wolfpack timeout. Duke would then score 15 of the next 24 points to win game two, 30-19. The Blue Devils defense held the Wolfpack to a .037 hitting percentage in the second game.

Duke opened game three with a 7-3 advantage before N.C. State battled back to tie the game at 10-10. The Blue Devils then went on a 9-1 run to force a Wolfpack timeout. N.C. State followed with a 9-5 run to cut Duke's lead to four points at 24-20 but the Blue Devils scored six straight points to close out the match with a 30-20 game three victory.

Junior Carrie DeMange led the Blue Devils with a match-high 12 kills in the win. Freshman Rachael Moss had 10 kills, senior Tealle Hunkus recorded seven kills, sophomore Jourdan Norman posted five kills and sophomore Aana Wherry added four kills. Junior Ali Hausfeld paced the Duke attack with a match-high 31 assists.

Junior Jenny Shull anchored the Duke defense with seven digs while DeMange and Hunkus added six digs apiece and Moss had five digs. Norman led the Blue Devils with three blocks while DeMange and Hausfeld had two blocks each in the win.

Duke will continue its tour of the Triangle as the Blue Devils head to Chapel Hill on Saturday to take on North Carolina (3-9, 1-2 ACC) at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils and the Tar Heels split the season series in 2005 with both teams claiming 3-2 wins on their home courts. Duke finished one win shy of a three-way tie with North Carolina and Maryland atop the ACC standings in 2005.

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