Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, September 5
Sept. 5, 2008
Duke Wins Pair of Matches at Duke Invitational
DURHAM, N.C. - After defeating Seton Hall 3-1 in their first match of the day, the Duke volleyball team wrapped up day one of the Duke Invitational with a 3-1 (25-14, 25-13, 22-25, 25-21) victory over Colgate Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Sophomore Becci Burling led the way for the Blue Devils (3-2, 0-0 ACC) with a career-high-tying 14 kills and junior Rachael Moss added 11 kills and 19 digs for her third straight double-double. Senior middle blocker Jourdan Norman also reached double figures with 10 kills and a team-high .421 attack percentage while getting in on five of Duke's seven blocks. Through her first five matches, Norman has 29 blocks and is averaging 1.61 stops per set.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State volleyball was back in action at Tully Gym as it swept North Florida 3-0 (25-15, 28-26, 25-14) in the first match-up between the teams. The Seminoles improve to 4-1 this season as they inch closer to facing in-state rival Florida on Monday, Sept. 8.
"I thought tonight we played a little flat," Florida State head coach Chris Poole said. "The positive thing is we got to play a lot of players and give some of the younger players some experience and still ended up winning in three sets. In the second game we could have faltered again but found a way to win it so those are all the positive things."
ATLANTA - Callie Miller notched a match-high 10 kills and Michelle Kandell added 18 digs to lead Georgia Tech (4-0) over Arkansas (0-4), 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-14) on the opening night of the 2008 Regency Suites Classic at O'Keefe Gym.
Miller hit .500 with 10 kills and just two errors while Brittany Roderick and Asia Stawicka added nine and eight kills, respectively. Stawicka finished the match with a team-best five block assists while hitting .467 against the Razorbacks, and Roderick collected her nine kills on 19 attempts, hitting at a .316 efficiency.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Heather Brooks slammed down a kill off a Stephanie Jansma set to open the first set against visiting Missouri State Friday night at the Dean E. Smith Center and the Tar Heels never looked back en route to a 3-0 sweep (25-13, 25-22, 25-18). Brooks finished the night with nine kills and a team-high seven blocks as she helped the Tar Heels to their first victory of the season in the Carolina Classic.
Brooks hit a season-high .471 for the match as she committed just one error on 17 attempts from her middle blocker position. Sophomore Suzanne Haydel tallied a double-double on the night as she led the Tar Heels with 10 kills and posted 11 digs in the three set match.
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa - Danielle Hepburn moved into second place on the Clemson career block assists list and the Tigers downed Marquette in three sets (25-10, 25-23, 25-17) at the UNI Invitational on Friday night. The senior from Miami, Fla. tallied seven total blocks and nine kills in the match, while Lia Proctor paced the Clemson offense with a team-high 13 kills.
The Tigers (3-1) will play a pair of matches on Saturday as they wrap up action at the McLeod Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. Clemson will take on Northern Illinois at 11:00 am (Eastern) before facing the host-Panthers in the tournament finale at 8:30 pm (Eastern). Live stats will be available for both contests at www.clemsontigers.com.
Boston College Splits a Par at Ram Classic Invitational
Kingston, R.I. -In the opening game of the Ram Classic Invitational, Boston College suffered a 3-0 defeat to South Carolina at Keaney Gymnasium.
The Eagles rebounded with a win over Stony Brook.
BLACKSBURG, Va.- The Hokie volleyball team dropped its first match of the season Friday night, falling in the first match of the Marshall University Tournament to the host Thundering Herd, 3-2 in Huntington, W. Va.
Sophomore Felicia Willoughby tallied seven blocks and nine kills on the night and junior Taylor Parrish had 16 kills for the Hokies. Junior Michelle Lang and freshman Erin Leaser combined for 43 assists, but Tech was ultimately doomed by 18 service and six receiving errors.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia volleyball team dropped its first match of the season Friday evening at the Denver Pioneer Invitational to Denver, 0-3 (23-25, 17-25, 23-25).
The Cavaliers (3-1) were led by second-years Kendahl Voelker (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Sydney Hill (Kalamazoo, Mich.). Voelker landed six kills, while Hill knocked down five kills with only one error, on 10 attempts for a .400 hitting percentage. Fifth-year Beth Shelton (Cincinnati, Ohio) shared the team-lead in kills with Voelker, contributing six also.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Senior Maggie Schmelzle led the Terps with a season-high 14 kills to go with seven digs as the University of Maryland volleyball team lost its home opener to the Missouri Tigers at Comcast Pavilion Friday evening on the opening night of the Spring Hill Suites at Arundel Mills Maryland Volleyball Invitational.
Missouri (3-1) won in straight sets by scores of 26-24, 25-14 and 25-15.
Wake Forest Drops a Pair of Matches in Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Wake Forest dropped its second-straight match, falling to Indiana 3-0 in the second round of the Adidas Classic Friday evening in Bloomington, Ind. The Hoosiers, who hit a solid .323 for the match, won 25-15, 25-13, 25-19.
Sophomore setter Kelsey Jones recorded her second-straight double with 23 assists and 10 digs. The double-double was her third of the season and the 16th of her career.
NC State Falls Twice at Air Force Tournament
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Despite taking game two, NC State fell to Akron, 3-1, in its second match of the day at the Air Force Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Sept. 5. The Zips improve to 3-2 with the win, while the Pack slides to 0-6.
NC State's late set-winning comeback fell just short against UC Davis, 3-1, at the Air Force Volleyball Tournament on Friday, Sept. 5. Refusing to be shut out, the Pack took the third set before falling in the fourth.