CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Four Blue Devils notched double-digit kills to lead Duke to an ACC road victory over Boston College 3-1 (25-15, 25-20, 18-25, 25-15) Friday evening at Powers Gym.
Cadie Bates led the way with 16 kills, followed by Payton Schwantz (12), Jessi Bartholomew (12) and Samantha Amos. Overall, Duke (17-11, 9-8 ACC) totaled 60 kills to 46 for Boston College (6-21, 3-14 ACC), hitting .314. Friday’s contest marked Duke’s fifth match of the season with a hitting percentage above .300.
"We’re happy to get the win tonight," said head coach Jolene Nagel. "Our setters did a good job of moving the ball around so we could have a few different people be efficient for us on offense. Our block did well so our defense could play around them and get decent passes up to our setters. To have the hitting percentages we did in three of the four sets is fun to see. It takes a great team effort to make that happen."
Anna Kropf continued her solid play, dropping six kills while hitting .455. Kropf also notched seven blocks for 15 match with four or more blocks this season.
Behind four Bates’ kills, Duke staked a five-point advantage to start the match. The Blue Devils’ did not relent the rest of the set, hitting .378 in the 25-15 decision. Bates and Bartholomew both knocked down five kills to pace the Blue Devils.
Duke saw its fortune reverse to start the second, falling behind 7-1. A 5-0 run put the Blue Devils back in contention and Duke ultimately knotted the score at 15-all on a Payton Schwantz kill. After trading points, the Blue Devils claimed three straight, resulting in a 22-19 advantage. An Amos kill put it away, 25-20.
The Blue Devils’ lone letup came in the third. Boston College used a 5-0 spurt on five-straight kills to take control and never relented. The Eagles knocked down 15 kills to the Blue Devils’ 8 to win 25-18.
"In that third set, our team wasn’t serving as passing or well and our block wasn’t as aggressive as it needed to be," said Nagel. "Then in the fourth, our serve did much better and our passing was consistent."
Duke’s third-set woes did not accompany the Blue Devils into the fourth, a resounding 25-15 victory. The Blue Devils amassed 20 kills and hit .485 in the set to effectively flush its predecessor.
Next up, Duke concludes the road portion of its schedule at Syracuse, taking on the Orange at 1 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19.