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McCurdy and Tucker fuel come-from-behind victory for ACC title
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke senior libero Ali McCurdy and freshman middle blocker Jordan Tucker earned Atlantic Coast Conference weekly volleyball honors, as the duo was named Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week, respectively.
McCurdy amassed 65 digs against NC State and North Carolina, leading the Blue Devils to the 11th ACC Championship in program history and securing the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The senior co-captain averaged 7.22 digs per set, picking up six or more digs in 6-of-9 frames and 10-plus digs in three stanzas. She matched a career-high with 37 digs versus NC State, a mark that is tied for second in Duke’s single match records. McCurdy followed with a 28-dig performance in the season finale, willing Duke to the five-set victory over No. 14 North Carolina. In addition to anchoring a defense that limited its two opponents to a combined .144 hitting percentage, McCurdy added four service aces without committing an error and was also perfect on serve receive.
Tucker turned in two of her best performances in the Blue Devils’ ACC Championship-clinching victories this past week. Against NC State, she led the team and matched a career high with seven blocks, helping Duke limit the Wolfpack to a .123 hitting percentage. The Blue Devils’ most consistent offensive target in their come-from-behind victory over No. 14 North Carolina, Tucker smashed a career-best 16 kills on .353 hitting while also contributing six blocks. Over the two matches, she totaled 13 blocks, averaging 1.44 per set, while also adding 20 kills on 45 attack attempts.