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Nov. 8, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke setter Kellie Catanach averaged 11.2 assists per set and has been honored as this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player of the Week. Her teammate Ali McCurdy, a libero, posted a 6.33 digs per set average en route to being selected as the league's Freshman of the Week.
Catanach, a junior from Tampa, Fla., hit .476 with 12 kills, 14 digs and 67 assists as the Blue Devils (21-4, 13-2 ACC) swept conference foes NC State and North Carolina. The win against the Tar Heels propelled Duke into sole possession of first place in the ACC.
In the sweep of the Wolfpack, Catanach led the Blue Devils to a season-high .360 hitting percentage. She registered 33 assists, seven digs, and seven total blocks, including one block solo. The next day against North Carolina, Catanach helped Duke hit .342. She notched eight kills, seven digs and three blocks to go along with her 34 assists.
Catanach posted a .421 set percentage with no ball-handling errors in the two matches.
McCurdy, also from Tampa, Fla., tallied 38 digs in the Blue Devils' two victories. She did not commit a service error in 32 attempts.
The freshman helped hold NC State to a .107 hitting percentage while also posting 20 digs and a service ace. She followed that performance with 18 digs at North Carolina as Duke limited the Tar Heels to a .121 attack percentage. UNC entered the match leading the conference in kills, but committed 19 errors and just 34 kills against the Blue Devil defense
McCurdy has now posted double-digit digs in 16 consecutive matches and in all but two of her 25 outings this season.
The ACC Volleyball Player and Freshman of the Week will be announced by 5 p.m. each Monday throughout the season. For more information on ACC volleyball visit http://www.theacc.com/sports/w-volley/acc-w-volley-body.html