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Duke Softball to Open 2024 Season at Puerto Vallarta College Challenge

Duke Softball to Open 2024 Season at Puerto Vallarta College Challenge

DURHAM –Duke softball will open the upcoming 2024 season at the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge, as the full tournament schedule was announced by host Triple Crown Sports on Wednesday. The event will run Feb. 8-11 at the Nancy Almaraz Stadium in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Duke will take part in the first session of the event, which features four teams that competed in the 2023 NCAA Tournament, including two that advanced to the Women’s College World Series in June. The Blue Devils are joined by Iowa State, Long Beach State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Utah Valley and Washington.

Duke will open the tournament on Feb. 8, against reigning three-time national champion Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Central. The two teams will face off for the second time in program history after first meeting at the Mark Campbell Invitational in Irvine, Calif., last season, where the Sooners claimed a 4-0 victory.

Opening the second day of the event, the Blue Devils take on Iowa State and Nebraska in a doubleheader on Feb. 9 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively. This will mark Duke’s first all-time meeting of both programs.

The Blue Devils will close out the weekend against Long Beach State at 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10. Duke and Long Beach State will also face off for the first time in program history.

All games will be livestreamed on FloSoftball and ticket information for the event is available HERE.

Widely regarded as one of the premier tournaments designed to launch the softball season, the Puerto Vallarta College Challenge began in 2015. It was the first Division I softball event held outside of the United States and has included top-tier programs from Power Five conferences as well as a deep pool of strong mid-major schools. The Mexico Olympic team also played in the tournament in 2020.

The remainder of the Blue Devils’ 2024 season schedule will be announced at a later date.

Duke returns 16 letterwinners from last year’s team that compiled a program-best 48 wins and earned the right to host an NCAA Super Regional for the first time. The Blue Devils also welcome four newcomers in freshmen Amiah Burgess and Madeline Le, transfer sophomore Aleyah Terrell and graduate transfer Dani Drogemuller.

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