Another day, yet another Blue Devil.
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Another day, yet another Blue Devil.
Garrett Johns split close sets with the No. 13 player in the country and Duke’s new doubles team had match point over the nation’s No. 13 doubles pair, but the shorthanded Blue Devils came up just short against Wake Forest.
Another day, another Blue Devil.
After weeks of rumors circulating about Duke’s activity on the transfer market, the Blue Devils secured their first transfer add of the offseason, and second of the year as a whole.
Duke’s Achilles’ heel has been found, and Virginia Tech made sure to exploit it.
It’s easy to forget how much you miss the feel of a crowd, and how little you pine for soccer fans’ yelling over offsides and fouls. Duke took the opportunity to remind me of both Friday.
With the softball season just past the halfway mark, beat writers Em Adler and Micah Hurewitz dished out their midseason awards.
After hundreds of hours of Zoom meetings and months of grueling work, the inaugural Duke Sports Business Conference (DSBC) is finally on.
There is no sport more agonizing than baseball, no sport more spiritually testing than the American pastime.
The Blue Devils have been out of action since canceling the remainder of the regular season in December, and the coaching staff has been hard at work on the recruiting front since. Here are a few key players that Duke has been keeping an eye on, from high schoolers to transfers:
Kristina Foreman, Caroline Jacobsen and Jameson Kavel combined for a .579 OBP, 10 extra-base hits and 19 RBI, while Shelby Walters and Peyton St. George allowed four runs across 25 innings, and the Blue Devils swept their first full ACC series in dominating fashion.
A month and a half ago, it was reported that three Blue Devils were transferring out of Duke.
A total of 113 days passed between Duke's fall finale and its spring opener, the longest gap between games in the same season in team history. If that meant they were supposed to struggle in their return, though, the Blue Devils didn’t get the memo.
At 7:02 pm, Shelby Walters was in the dugout with five no-hit innings under her belt, the game still scoreless. By 7:09 pm, Shelby Walters had recorded the first no-hitter in Blue Devil history.
As the weather turned from soggy to bright, Duke’s play turned from sloppy to a delight.
A strong 12-4 start to the 2020 season was enough for the Blue Devils' ace to go pro while the team held on to the talents of several experienced leaders. The upcoming campaign poses some interesting questions regarding starting pitching and bench depth, but Duke looks ready to plunge into a heavy dose of ACC competition. The small sample size from last season showed that these Blue Devils are steady on defense and efficient on the basepaths, but it is yet to be seen whether the unpredictable landscape of the 2021 season will throw a back-door curve or a fastball down the middle as No. 16 Duke sorts out its path toward extending its conference and national success yet another year. -Micah Hurewitz
After blowing out expectations last year in just the third season in program history, including a landmark win against then-No. 4 Texas, the Blue Devils have come to prove that such a breakthrough was no fluke. An opening day win against then-No. 5 LSU in convincing fashion and the best start in the team’s short history have certainly helped in that regard, laying the foundation for a team that is, almost inexplicably, ready to mount a challenge for the ACC crown. Duke’s pitching is certainly going to keep it in contention, but it’s the boom-or-bust lineup and previously-average defense that will be key to this squad making the leap. -Em Adler
There’s an argument to be made that no team was hurt more by the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season than men’s tennis. With five elite freshmen, two highly-touted international transfers and two top seniors, Duke’s roster was especially positioned to contend.
Sometimes, to move forward, you first have to take a couple steps back.
Duke traveled to Winston-Salem, N.C., looking to build on its impressive win at N.C. State this past Saturday. The Blue Devils seem to be doing just that, taking a 45-26 lead into the locker room. Here are five observations from the first 20 minutes: