DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Jolene Nagel and the Duke volleyball program announced the Blue Devils’ 2019 signing class. The group includes middle blocker Lizzie Fleming, outside hitter Gracie Johnson, setter Camille Nazor and outside hitter Moorea Wood.
“We could not be more excited to have this group join our program,” said Nagel, a four-time ACC Coach of the Year pick with over 600 career victories to her credit. “We feel all four young women have the ability to contribute to our team, both on and off the floor, and be instrumental in our continued success. They are extremely talented and versatile, and we look forward to having them in our locker room.”
Fleming, a 6-3 native of San Francisco, Calif., earned first team all-state accolades along with West Catholic Athletic League Player of the Year honors as a senior after recording 540 kills and 127 blocks while helping St. Ignatius Prep to the WCAL championship. In addition, she was a two-year team captain and finished her career as the school’s all-time leader in both kills and blocks.
“Lizzie Fleming is a middle blocker who can also play another position if needed,” Nagel said. “She is active in the middle with a long reach. Her positive energy and team mentality is obvious as she plays. We are looking forward to having her in the gym and seeing her develop as a force for our team.”
Johnson, a 6-0 native of Virginia Beach, Va., will enroll at Duke this week after graduating from high school one year early and studying in Rome, Italy this past fall, was a first team all-state pick in addition to earning All-Tidewater Player of the Year honors from The Virginian-Pilot as a junior at Cox High School. In her final campaign, she led the Falcons to a 24-7 record and a berth in the state championship, where she totaled 27 kills in a five-set defeat.
“We’re excited to have Gracie joining us so soon!” Nagel said. “Gracie is an athletic outside hitter with a big upside as she develops her all-around game. She plays high and is a fun athlete to see in action. Her athletic ability as well as her quickness off the floor maker her a special talent.”
Nazor, a 6-1 native of Louisville, Ky., earned first team Under Armour All-America honors in 2018 after totaling 1,185 assists and 224 digs while leading Assumption High School to a perfect 43-0 record with a final national ranking of No. 1 from PrepVolleyball.com. As a junior, she helped Assumption to a 42-3 final ledger and final national ranking of No. 1 by MaxPreps.com. In addition, Nazor, who was a part of three state championship teams and is a finalist for the Andi Collins Award presented annually to the top setter in the country, earned Senior Ace recognition as the No. 79-ranked player in the country by PrepVolleyball.com.
“Camille is a talented setter who has competed at the highest levels in the country with her club and high school teams,” Nagel said. “She has nice size and has had quality coaching throughout her development. She takes her academics seriously and has worked hard in the classroom as well. She has all the tools to become an elite setter in the mold of other great setters who have come before her at Duke.”
Wood, a 6-2 native of Austin, Texas, was a first team all-state selection at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy as a senior as she led the Lady Crusaders to a 23-5-1 record, a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools 5A regional championship and berth in the state championship match. Overall, Wood helped St. Michael’s to 97 wins in four seasons.
“Moorea has experience as both an outside hitter and a right side,” Nagel said. “She has nice size and we look forward to seeing her develop as a six rotation player. She enjoys the game and being around her teammates and will be a welcome addition.”
Nagel enters her 21st season at the helm of the Blue Devil program and has guided Duke to 427 wins, four ACC championships and 13 NCAA Tournament berths. She has led the Blue Devils to 14 seasons with 20-plus victories and amassed 630 wins in a career covering 30 seasons at three institutions.
Duke is coming off a 16-12 (10-8 ACC) campaign in 2018 which included the program’s 20th bid to the NCAA Tournament.