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Dec. 10, 2010
The 12th-seeded Duke volleyball team will advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the second time in school history after defeating Missouri 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-19, 25-22) in the NCAA Regional Semifinals in the campus of Penn State University on Friday evening.
The Champion of the ACC, Duke (27-6) will face the winner of fourth-seeded Penn State and Oklahoma on Saturday, December 11, in the NCAA Regional Final which will air on ESPNU beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Blue Devils, who defeated High Point 3-0 in the first round and Ohio 3-2 in round two to advance to the Regional round, are the third ACC team in conference history to advance to the Round of Eight.
All along I've said this was a special team - and not because of where we are right now - but because of how they've come to work every single day in practice. They have a focus now that I haven't always seen for all the players on the team, and I think that's helping them be able to continue to get better as the season goes along. I'm very happy for them that they were able to execute the way they wanted to and stay with the game plan to get this win."
ACC Player of the Year Kellie Catanach posted 55 assists for the Blue Devils and allowed four Duke hitters to reach double figures. Juniors Sophia Dunworth and Amanda Robertson led the team with 15 kills apiece while sophomore middle blocker Christiana Gray pounded 13 and senior Becci Burling finished with 12. Duke hit .283 against a Missouri team that held fifth-seeded UNI to a .231 clip in a 3-2 first-round upset.