DURHAM – The Duke volleyball team (6-2) are looking to bounce back from two losses this weekend by hosting their final tournament, the Duke Classic, from September 17-18 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Blue Devils host Cornell (3-3), Long Island (2-7) and NC Central (1-6) for six games all broadcast on ACCNX. This weekend marks the end of Duke’s non-conference list.
Duke suffered his first setbacks of the 2021 season this weekend in Michigan. The Blue Devils fell in a five-set marathon against the Wolverines before losing a 3-0 game to North Carolina in non-conference action. Senior ferryman Alex springate reached the 1,000 assists plateau while in Michigan with 28 and 27 assists, respectively.
TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE SERIES
CORNEL: The Blue Devils and Big Red have only met twice before in a tied 1-1 streak history. When they last met on September 10, 2005, the Blue Devils lost a 3-1 game at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
LONG ISLAND: Duke and Long Island have never met before in the history of the program.
NC CENTRAL: Duke has a 7-0 lead in all-time series history, but the head coach Jolene nagel has only faced the Eagles once during his time at Durham. When they last met on September 11, 2010, the Blue Devils won a 3-0 sweep.
SEARCH FOR OPPONENTS
CORNEL: Cornell is 3-3 heading this weekend at Durham and recently beat Bucknell 3-0 at the Cornell Invitational. The Big Red are led by Joanna Chang with 66 kills while passer Emma Worthington has 228 assists for an average of 10.4 assists / set as Cornell hits .202 this season.
LONG ISLAND: Long Island enters weekend 2-7 in total and hits 0.169% from an opposing clip of 0.248. The Sharks went 1-2 last weekend at the Jacksonville Invitational, claiming a 3-2 victory over Jacksonville.
NC CENTRAL: The Eagles are 1-6 this season under Jody Brown. NC Central won their season opener against Alabama State but have lost the last five. The Eagles are led by Arlanda Faulker with 65 kills while passer Lauren Janok has recorded 188 assists this season. The Eagles hit just 0.137 in seven games.
COLE IS RANKED AMONG THE BEST
Senior Libero Mackenzie cole is ranked 31st on the NCAA’s Active Career Leaders list with 1,356 career searches to date. He needs 17 more to move up to 30th. She is also currently ranked eighth on Duke’s all-time charts. Cole was one of Duke’s top defensive specialists during his time at Durham and has 19 games with over 20 digs. Her career high of 29 was reached against North Carolina on November 17, 2018. She also has 96 serving aces and will become the 18th player in Duke history to reach that milestone.
SPRINGATE REACHES 1,000 ASSISTANCES
Senior ferryman Alex springate reached the 1,000-assists plateau in Duke’s loss to North Carolina on September 11. She now has 1,001 career assists and ranks 15th on Duke’s all-time charts.
MILESTONES TO MONITOR
Three Blue Devils are approaching important stages in their careers: Mackenzie cole, Ade Owokoniran and Payton Schwantz. Cole has 96 career aces, Owokoniran has 871 wins to date and Schwantz records with 855 career digs as they look to reach their respective career marks.
GAME DAY INFORMATION
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Duke will open their conference program on Friday, Sept. 24 against Boston College at 6:30 p.m., before a 1 p.m. game against Syracuse on Sunday. Both matches will be broadcast on ACCNX at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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