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Seniors Go Out in Dominant Fashion Over Wake Forest
Friday 11/22/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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Kayla Kirk

DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke's seniors provided the bulk of the offense and led the Blue Devils to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-19) win over Wake Forest in the regular season finale on Tuesday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

All-American setter Kellie Catanach dished out 44 assists and led Duke to a .489 hitting percentage while senior classmates Sophia Dunworth, Kayla Kirk and Amanda Robertson combined for 36 of Duke's 56 kills. The Blue Devils made only 11 attack errors the entire night in their best offensive performance against an ACC team since Sept. 30, 2007.

Dunworth and Robertson each posted 14 kills and hit .500 and .579, respectively, while Kirk had the best performance of her career against an ACC team. A 6-0 outside hitter from Katy, Texas, Kirk knocked down eight kills, hit .286 and contributed a service ace and three digs. She had multiple kills in every set, and Duke scored eight points on her 14 serves.

The win was No. 100 for the Duke seniors, who are 100-30 during their four years with two ACC Championships and three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.

Duke (21-8, 15-5 ACC) ends the regular season on a four-match win streak and will learn its NCAA postseason assignment during the NCAA Volleyball Selection Show on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. The Blue Devils have advanced to the NCAA Tournament for six consecutive seasons and advanced to the Elite Eight last year.

The Blue Devils' offense came from all over as Robertson, Dunworth and junior middle blocker Christiana Gray all contributed double-digit kills. Chelsea Cook also contributed six kills on eight attacks. Gray, meanwhile, was almost perfect, finishing 11-for-13 to raise her season hitting percentage to .399. She is hitting .436 against ACC teams and has 10 or more kills and a .346 hitting percentage or higher in eight of her last nine matches.

Catanach had Duke's offense firing on all cylinders in the opener as the Blue Devils hit .625 with 22 kills and just two attack errors. Five Blue Devils had multiple kills including Dunworth, who went 8-for-10 without an error. Gray went 5-for-4, Robertson 5-for-7 and senior Kayla Kirk contributed a pair of kills.

The Blue Devils carried that momentum into set two and hit .556 for a 25-13 victory. Kirk went 3-for-7 without an error, and Robertson and Gray both knocked down four kills apiece. Chelsea cook also went 3-for-3 as the Blue Devils amassed 17 kills and just two attack errors. Through the first two sets, Duke had 39 kills and just four errors on 59 attacks.

Duke hit .303 in the final set while holding Wake Forest to a .121 hitting percentage. Libero Ali McCurdy picked up six digs in the final frame, and Robertson and Dunworth both knocked down five kills apiece.

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