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Sklar leads Duke to unbeaten start in conference play
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke junior outside hitter Emily Sklar and Miami freshman setter Haley Templeton have earned this week’s Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball honors, as Sklar was named Player of the Week and Templeton was tabbed Freshman of the Week.
Duke’s Sklar led the Blue Devils to two ACC wins to start the conference schedule. Sklar amassed 34 kills over Duke’s two matches, averaging 4.86 kills per set while hitting an impressive .386. Friday against Georgia Tech, Sklar knocked down a match-high 18 kills on .357 hitting. She followed that performance with 16 kills, hitting a blistering .429 to lead all players Sunday versus Miami. Sklar picked up eight digs in both contests to help a Blue Devil defense which limited their opponents to a combined .190 hitting percentage on the weekend.
Miami’s Templeton played a key role in helping the Hurricanes remain unbeaten at home in 2014. The freshman, who entered the weekend as the ACC leader in assists per set with 10.66, dished out 27 assists and helped Miami hit .271 in its Friday night victory over Notre Dame. Templeton also recorded three of Miami’s 10 service aces against the Fighting Irish. Two days later, Templeton distributed 21 assists and tallied two more aces in her match against Duke.