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GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke sophomore outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell and North Carolina sophomore middle blocker Victoria McPherson were named Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball co-Players of the Week, after each powered their teams to a win against a ranked opponent. In addition to Campbell’s honor, Blue Devils’ defensive specialist Sasha Karelov scored Freshman of the Week honors.
McPherson, who helped the 14th-ranked Tar Heels extend their program-best start to 11-0, was instrumental in a 3-0 sweep of then-No. 16 Illinois on Friday and a victory over Indiana on Saturday in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. For the weekend, McPherson averaged 2.71 kills per set, 1.43 blocks per set, 0.71 digs per set and had a hitting percentage of .368.
Campbell totaled a team-high 36 kills over the weekend, leading Duke to wins over then-No. 16 Illinois and Indiana in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. The Parker, Colo., native averaged 5.14 kills per set and also led the Blue Devils with a .338 hitting percentage. Campbell hit a match-high .478 versus Indiana, knocking down 13 kills, while also contributing seven digs, three blocks and a service ace. She followed that performance with a 23-kill effort against the Illini, helping Duke to its first win over a ranked opponent since 2011. She registered three blocks and added 11 digs against the Hoosiers to pick up her first double-double of the season.
Karelov was a key component in Duke’s victories over Indiana and then-No. 16 Illinois. For the weekend, she was second among Duke players, averaging 4.43 per set, and helped the Blue Devils limit the two teams to a combined .138 hitting percentage. She posted nine digs in Duke’s sweep of the Hoosiers on Friday evening, then totaled a career-best 22 digs in the Blue Devils’ victory over the Illini. On serve receive, she committed just one error in 34 chances over the two matches.