NCAA ACCtion: @ACCVolleyball First and Second Rounds


Florida State advances to Sweet Sixteen, Duke falls in Second Round of NCAA Tournament


Mega Upset Propels FSU into Sweet 16

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Something that has eluded the 16th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team for 23 years has been put to rest as the Seminoles (26-7) defeated sixth-ranked Florida in five sets (25-15, 20-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9) on Friday night in order to advance to the Champaign, Illinois Regional next weekend.

The win snapped a 23-year losing streak at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center against the Gators, as the last victory was back on Oct. 9, 1990. By taking down the sixth-ranked Gators, the Seminoles topped their highest win over a ranked opponent in program history.

"I think anyone who watched it saw a great match," head coach Chris Poole said. "Looking at the stats, both team did a lot of good things. It seems to be the mark of the team this year - being able to come back. They never gave up."

In addition, the Seminoles will make their third trip to a Regional Championship in school history.

Duke Ends NCAA Tournament Run, Falls to American

DURHAM, N.C. – Eagle outside hitter Juliana Crum notched a double-double to lead American to a 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-22) second-round victory over the 14th-ranked Duke volleyball team in NCAA Tournament play Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Crum led five Eagles in double-digit digs with 21 to pace a defense which held Duke’s potent offense to a .110 hitting percentage. Crum also tallied 11 kills as American (34-2) totaled 46 on the night compared to 39 kills for the Blue Devils. Outside hitter Kristyna Lindovska totaled a match-high 13 kills, while middle blocker Kelly McCaddin also chipped in with 10.

“This team has had an incredible year,” said head coach Jolene Nagel. “I know that we’re all extremely disappointed that we didn’t play our absolute best tonight, but American University played great defense. They did an excellent job controlling the ball, getting the ball to their hitters that they wanted. Both the first two sets were very tight, and I think we made too many errors. We had moments where we were flowing and communicating and controlling the ball like we’d like to, but then we’d have some stints there that we needed to get a side out a little bit sooner in order to get back some momentum on our side.”

Outside hitters Emily Sklar and Jeme Obeime provided the bulk of the Duke (28-5) offense with 11 kills apiece, while sophomore Elizabeth Campbell added nine. Sklar recorded her 10th double-double of the season, contributing 13 digs as well.

Defensively, Duke libero Ali McCurdy did her best to limit the Eagle offense, picking up a match-high 24 digs. The ACC’s all-time digs leader, she finished her career with 2,538 digs, becoming just the 12th player in NCAA history to top 2,500 digs for a career.



Duke Advances to NCAA Second Round

DURHAM, N.C. – All-ACC outside hitter Jeme Obeime put down a career-high 19 kills to lead the 14th-ranked Duke volleyball team past College of Charleston 3-1 (25-14, 25-8, 23-25, 25-19) in the opening round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Obeime led a contingent of three Blue Devils in double-digit kills as Duke (28-4, 18-2 ACC) posted a .325 hitting percentage on the night. Sophomore Elizabeth Campbell amassed 15 kills, while ACC Player of the Year Emily Sklar dropped 10 to pace an effective Blue Devil attack.

With the win, the Blue Devils advance to the tournament's second round for the 10th time in program history. Duke now faces American Saturday, Dec. 7 at 6 p.m. in Cameron. The winner of Saturday's match moves on to the Sweet 16 and faces top-seeded Texas in Lincoln, Neb.

In the program's eighth NCAA Tournament appearance, College of Charleston (25-6, 13-1 CAA) had no answer for the Blue Devils in the opening two frames. Duke accumulated 24 kills on .465 hitting in the first and second sets to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Despite the deficit, the Cougars made it close in the end, winning the third set and taking Duke to the wire in the fourth.

Noles Advance to Face Gators

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -The 16th-ranked Florida State indoor volleyball team won its First Round match of the NCAA Tournament as it defeated Georgia Southern in straight sets, (25-19, 25-20, 25-20). The Seminoles moved to 25-7 on the season while playing at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center on the campus of the University of Florida this evening.

"It's like a new season," head coach Chris Poole said. "We've really tried to look at it that way. We've tried to learn from things we've done so far this semester. We're trying to come into this new season - the NCAA Tournament, playing consistent. There were times we played really well tonight. There were times we gave some runs that we're going to have to do much better on tomorrow night."

With the win, Florida State advances into the Second Round for the fourth-straight season and will battle fifth-seeded Florida on Friday at 7 p.m. The Gators defeated Jacksonville in the opening round 3-0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-16) in order to move on.

Cal Knocks Out North Carolina With 3-0 First Round Win

MADISON, Wisc. - California eliminated North Carolina from the 2013 NCAA Volleyball tournament with a 3-0 (20-25, 18-25, 20-25) win on Friday at the University of Wisconsin's Field House.

Making their 15th tournament appearance, this was the Tar Heels' third-straight first round match with the Bears, who will advance to Saturday's second round to face the winner of the Wisconsin-Milwaukee match.

"It was a disappointing finish to a great year," head coach Joe Sagula said. "We just did not play close to our level, while Cal played great and very efficiently. We had opportunities and just couldn't finish like we did earlier in the season. It's very disappointing to finish like this, but we'll grow from this and move forward."

Paige Neuenfeldt finished the night with a team-high 13 kills, hitting .667 with just one error. Leigh Andrew tallied nine kills with a block and nine digs, and Hayley McCorkle and Kayla Berringer combined for 14 kills.

Carolina hit a decent .255 team attack but could not prevail with Cal's 11 team blocks and .441 hitting, led by Michelle Neumayr' 11 kills and three digs and Lara Vukasovic's 10 kills and six blocks.

@CanesVB Falls to Oregon in NCAA 1st Round

LINCOLN, Neb. – The University of Miami volleyball team had its season come to an end in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Tournament.

Miami (19-12, 12-8 ACC) last faced Oregon in 2002 and beat the Ducks in three sets, but Oregon evened the all-time series with its three-set victory in the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

 "First of all I would like to congratulate Oregon, they are a great program and they played well,” Miami head coach Jose “Keno” Gandara said. “They deserved to win. I am extremely proud of this group. Looking back where we started, and where we finished, and how we were playing at the end-- it has been awesome all year going into the gym with them. It has been a really great year for us and for me.”

The Ducks took a 1-0 lead in the match thanks to a big performance by All-American Liz Brenner. The junior outside hitter tallied half of Oregon's 16 kills in the first set to carry the Ducks to a 25-16 win. Miami's balanced attack was led by juniorsAlexis Mourning and Savanah Leaf, who each had four kills in the set.

The Hurricanes battled back in the second set thanks to Mourning and Emani Sims, who combined for 13 kills in the second game against the Ducks. Senior Ryan Shaffer also helped Miami with two service aces, but Brenner, senior Ariana Williams and sophomore Martenne Betterndorf powered Oregon past the Canes, 25-23, to take a 2-0 lead into the intermission. Brenner added seven kills in the second set, while Williams and Bettendorf followed her lead with four kills apiece.