BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell will meet its first nationally-ranked opponent of the 2011 season on Tuesday, traveling to No. 23 Duke for a 7 p.m. tilt inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Camels are 4-7 on the season and 1-2 in road matches this season after going 2-2 last week. Campbell started the week off with its first home contest of the year, knocking off rival UNC Wilmington 3-0 in the Pope Center. The Camels also claimed a 1-2 record in last weekend's Charlotte Hilton 49er Invitational.
Junior outside hitter Jordan Reaves paced the Camels last week, averaging 3.85 kills and 3.08 digs per set, posting 19 kills and 13 digs against UNCW. The Holly Springs, N.C. native, who posted three double-doubles in four matches on the week, records 2.86 kills and 2.66 digs per frame for the Camels on the season, leading the team in both categories.
Duke is 4-3 after dropping three in a row to St. Mary's, Stanford and No. 19 San Diego, with the latter being inside Cameron, where the Blue Devils have not lost two in a row in nearly seven years. Duke has not lost to an unranked opponent at home since 2008.
Freshman outside hitter Jeme Obeime leads Duke at 2.55 kills per set, while sophomore defensive specialist Ali McCurdy tallies 5.17 digs per frame. Amanda Robertson and Sophia Dunworth combine for 4.84 kills per set, with Robertson adding 0.86 blocks. Senior setter Kellie Catanach, meanwhile, notches 10.32 assists and 2.25 digs per frame for the Blue Devils.
The Camels are 0-5 against Duke all-time, a mark that includes a 3-0 setback in Durham a year ago.
After facing the Blue Devils, Campbell will travel to Elon for the Phoenix Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Camels will take on the host Phoenix at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sep. 16, and follow with NC Central Saturday at 4:30 p.m.