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CHAPEL HILL—Volleyball may be played in sets, but for the Blue Devils, Friday's match was a matter of two halves. They hung around in the first one, but lost their grip near the midway point, resulting in another loss against a tough but beatable opponent.
After a rocky start, Duke is hoping it can turns things around with a strong performance in its ACC opener. Ranked No. 25 in the nation to begin the season, the Blue Devils have yet to live up to that billing, but are looking to regain their footing beginning Wednesday.
When at first they failed, the Blue Devils tried, tried again. But Duke could not find the back of the net Sunday and missed a chance to open up ACC play with a home victory against a depleted juggernaut.
It's no secret that Duke has gone from uncompetitive to legitimate in the last four years. Head coach David Cutcliffe has successfully turned the corner with the Blue Devils, but now comes the more challenging part—making the leap from good to great.
The Seahawks took a deep breath in the huddle, closed their eyes for a moment and prepared for the second set.
Playing one of the top teams in the country, Duke sacrificed precision for power and aggressiveness. It almost paid off, until Stanford spoiled Duke’s home opener at the very last minute.
Kansas is not known as a volleyball hotbed, so it seems a little bit of an anomaly that three Blue Devils call it home. This weekend, though, they head back to the Sunflower State and could not be more excited.
The Blue Devils will certainly take the two victories they garnered this weekend, but a five-set heartbreaker Saturday will feel all the more painful considering they had nearly wrapped up a perfect road trip.
For some Blue Devils, this weekend’s tournament is the first of a long slate of games to be played this year. For a few, though, Southern California is a welcome home, a chance to play in front of friends and family at the collegiate level.
With new hydration formulas, shirt technologies and workout regimens, it seems like athletes are doing whatever they can to get ahead in their respective sports. For several Blue Devils, the next training tool just might be beach volleyball.
For the first time since February, Duke hits the field after a scheduled week off from game action. Standing in the opposite dugout, though, N.C. Central is just as well-rested, making this cross-town matchup all the more enticing.
Almost any day, nine two-out RBIs will do the trick. Just to be sure, though, Louisville relievers threw four perfect innings to claim the rubber match against Duke.
SPOKANE, Wash.—Saturday, the deep ball proved superior to the paint.
Ted Cruz made headlines at Liberty Monday, but the following afternoon the Blue Devils stole the show and cruised to a season sweep.
It was a roller coaster ride at the ballpark Sunday afternoon—Duke trailed by three, tied the score, then fell behind by three and tied the score again, and finally walked off in the ninth to clinch a series victory. There was drama, determination and great relief pitching all in one nine-inning game.
The Blue Devils got off to a hot start Sunday afternoon at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., jumping out to a 15-4 lead they would never relinquish on their way to a 68-49 win against San Diego State and a ticket to the Sweet 16. Duke’s Jahlil Okafor dominated the paint and Justise Winslow wreaked havoc on the defensive end, creating four turnovers and cashing in for 13 points and 12 rebounds.
Duke brought the hammer in a 85-56 blowout of No. 16 Robert Morris in the Round of 64 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C., Friday night. Although the Colonials cut a second-half lead to 10 with around 12 minutes left to play, a crucial timeout spurred a 12-0 Blue Devil run that was part of a larger 29-10 streak to end the game. With the win, Duke joined Kentucky and North Carolina as the only three teams to win 100 games in NCAA tournament play.
Robert Morris enters the contest having won its last seven games, and it hopes it can do more than just replicate a strong NCAA tournament performance in 2010 in which it lost to No. 2 seed Villanova 73-70 in OT. Duke has not played in a week since its loss to Notre Dame in the semifinals of the ACC tournament halted a 12-game winning streak. In the past three years, the Blue Devils have lost to No. 15 seed Lehigh and No. 14 Mercer in the Round of 64 and will look to make sure the Colonials don't become the tournament's newest Cinderella. Here are the X-factors for each team when the ball is tipped Friday night in Charlotte, N.C., for a ticket to the Round of 32.
Trailing by two, Duke answered with four runs in the third inning and exploded for six more in the fourth to do more than just claw past the Lions.
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