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Duke volleyball opens ACC play

Posted Friday, September 22, 2006

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Durham, NC The Duke volleyball team will open the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference season by hosting Clemson and Georgia Tech Friday and Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Both matches are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

The Blue Devils posted a league-best 10-1 record in the second half of the ACC season last year to finish one win shy of a three-way tie for first place with a 17-5 conference mark. Duke was picked to win the ACC crown by the league’s head coaches for the second straight year prior to the start of the 2006 season and juniors Carrie DeMange, Ali Hausfeld and Jenny Shull were all named to the preseason All-ACC team.

Duke enters the weekend with a 7-2 record. The Blue Devils rolled through Marquette, Gardner-Webb and VCU to claim the Duke Invitational title for the fourth straight year in their season-opening weekend. Duke then swept West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky at the Penn State Classic before falling to the second-ranked Nittany Lions on Sept. 2. Duke went 2-1 at last weekend’s Tempe Courtyard by Marriott Classic at Arizona State. The Blue Devils swept Butler, 3-0, and defeated Arizona State, 3-2, before falling to Notre Dame in four games.

Scouting Clemson

The Tigers come to Durham with a 5-3 mark on the season. After opening the year with a win over Bradley, Clemson dropped three straight matches to Northern Iowa, Purdue and South Carolina. The Tigers have since won four consecutive matches with victories over Western Carolina, Tennessee State, UNC Charlotte and Furman. Clemson went 12-18 overall and 7-15 in the ACC to finish 10th in the conference standings in 2005.

Duke-Clemson Series History

Duke holds a 29-17 record against Clemson in series history. In 2005, the Tigers defeated the Blue Devils, 3-1, on Sept. 23 in Duke’s first ACC match of the season. The Blue Devils would win the rematch on Oct. 27 with a 3-1 victory of their own. Duke head coach Jolene Nagel owns an 8-6 mark against Clemson in her eight seasons at the helm.

Scouting Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech enters the weekend with an 8-2 record. After an opening-match loss to Mississippi State, the Yellow Jackets rolled off five straight victories with wins over Georgia, Georgia State, Northern Iowa, Villanova and Toledo before a loss to Kentucky on Sept. 9. Georgia Tech has since won three straight against South Florida, Stetson and Sam Houston State. In 2005, the Yellow Jackets went 16-15 overall and 12-10 in the ACC to finish fifth in the league standings.

Duke-Georgia Tech Series History

The Blue Devils hold a 31-17 record against the Yellow Jackets in series history. Duke swept the season series in 2005 with a 3-1 win on Sept. 24 and a 3-0 victory on Oct. 28. With the 3-1 win at Georgia Tech on Sept. 24, Duke became the first ACC team to post a victory over the Yellow Jackets on their home court since the 2002 season. Duke then became the first ACC team to sweep Georgia Tech in a regular season series since the 2002 season with the 3-0 victory on Oct. 28. Duke head coach Jolene Nagel is 7-9 against Georgia Tech in her eight seasons in Durham.

A Look Ahead

The Blue Devils will renew their rivalries with N.C. State and North Carolina next week. Duke will travel to Raleigh to take on the Wolfpack on Wednesday, Sept. 27, before heading to Chapel Hill to face the Tar Heels on Saturday, Sept. 30.

 
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