NCAA Women's Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, December 3

Dec. 3, 2010

Duke Advances to NCAA 2nd Round

DURHAM, N.C. - ACC Player of the Year Kellie Catanach led Duke to a .327 hitting percentage, and All-ACC middle blocker Christiana Gray went 10-for-14 with no attack errors to lead 12th-seeded Duke past High Point 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-20) in the opening round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Catanach, who was named the ACC's top player prior to the start of the 2010 NCAA Volleyball Tournament, dished out 33 assists as Duke (25-6) racked up 41 kills and only nine errors in the three-set sweep. The 6-2 setter from Tampa, Fla., also contributed defensively with seven digs and three blocks as the Blue Devils held High Point to a .126 hitting percentage.

The Blue Devils hit .300 or better in every set and will advance to the NCAA Volleyball Championship's second round for the fifth time in the past six seasons. Duke, in the program's ACC-record sixth consecutive NCAA appearance, will now face Ohio on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The winner of that match will move on to the Sweet 16 in University Park, Pa., on Dec. 10 where they will face the winner of Virginia Tech and fourth-seeded Penn State.

Seminoles Reach Round Two

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Outside hitters Visnja Djurdjevic, Stephanie Neville and Jekaterina Stepanova combined for 42 kills to help the Florida State University volleyball team get past a stingy opponent in Georgia Southern, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-13), on Friday evening at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center in Gainesville, Fla.

The victory is a program-builder for the Seminoles (22-10, 12-8), marking the first time in the school's history that it has reached the second round of the NCAA Championship in consecutive postseason appearances.

"Our girls have shown character all year. We've had to make adjustments in the middle of the year, and they continue to come back and step up," head coach Chris Poole said. "Even in matches that we've lost, we've hung in there. Today we didn't play great overall, but we continue to find ourselves. Visnja and Stephanie played great, and Kate (Jekaterina) came off the bench and played great as well. We weren't sure if we were going to play her because she's been sick, but we're thankful that we did."

North Carolina Defeats Ole Miss 3-1

Recap to follow

Hokies sweep Blue Hens in first ever NCAA Tournament match

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team looked anything but inexperienced this evening as they took down the University of Delaware Blue Hens, 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18), in the Hokies' first ever NCAA Tournament match. Tech cruised to its highest hitting percentage of the season, attacking at a .367 clip, while holding the Blue Hens to just .204. Felicia Willoughby hit a career-high .786 with 11 kills and five blocks for the best Hokie clip of the season. The Hokies claimed their 20th win of the season, running their record to 20-11, while the Blue Hens end the year at 26-6.

"I'm really proud of this program," said head coach Chris Riley. "I'm proud of the direction it's gone and where these kids have taken it and I couldn't be more proud of the group for their discipline and what they've given to the program in order to get us to this level.

Miami Falls To Indiana 3-2

Recap to follow