Volleyball ACCtion: Saturday, September 8
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest earned its first win of the season with a three-game sweep of Radford Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Demon Deacons took down the Highlanders 30-25, 30-20, 30-20.
Wake moves to 1-4 overall, while Radford drops to 2-7.
The Deacons were led by the sister duo of Michael and Dylan Faulkner. Michael, a senior making her first start of the season, finished with a team-best 12 kills and also added six digs. Dylan, a freshman setter, dished out 36 assists and also registered four kills, two aces and two block assists. Michael hit .346 (12-3-36), while Dylan hit .375 (4-1-8) on the day. +Read More
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior Jessica Furlong had 24 kills, and freshman Megan Thornberry recorded 22 digs to lead Wake Forest to a four-game defeat of Jacksonville Saturday evening in the final match of the Black & Gold Challenge at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Demon Deacons downed the Dolphins 30-26, 27-30, 30-25, 30-17.
Wake Forest ended the Black & Gold Challenge 2-1, finishing as tournament runner-up to Dayton. The No. 23-ranked Flyers went 3-0 for the tournament.
Furlong was named to the All-Tournament Team, along with junior Natalie Mullikin. Furlong had 51 kills on the weekend, an average of 5.10 per game. Furlong also averaged 3.10 digs per game. Mullikin had 33 kills (3.00 per game) and 12 total blocks (1.09 per game) on the weekend. +Read More
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Miami volleyball continued its recent trend of keeping its opponents off the scoreboard with a 3-0 win over Delaware to claim the 2007 Hurricane Invitational title. The Hurricanes have now shutout four straight opponents including all three opponents this weekend, Loyola, Brown and the Blue Hens, at the Knight Sports Complex.
"Three sweeps is tough to do in this day in age in volleyball," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "I'm just really proud of how steady our team played and how composed we were. There were some tough spots we were in and we managed to stay together and pull out of it." +Read More
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - For the third straight match, the Miami volleyball team shutout their opponent as the Hurricanes swept Brown, 3-0, in the afternoon session of the Hurricane Invitational Saturday at the Knight Sports Complex.
Katie Gallagher had one of her best matches of the season, recording five kills on eight attempts in addition to her 35 assists, five aces, six digs and two total blocks. Ashley Woods was the lone player in the match to reach double-figure kills with 11 on 16 attempts while Ciara Michel chipped in with eight of her own. +Read More
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The University of Maryland volleyball team won its second consecutive pre-conference-season invitational on Saturday night, knocking off the visiting Temple Owls in four games (30-27, 30-21, 26-30, 30-22), and ran its winning streak to six in the process.
Last weekend, the Terrapins (8-1) won the Virginia Commonwealth Invitational, but had to go the full five games in victories over Liberty, South Carolina and VCU. However, playing on their home court for the first time this season, the Terps played inspired ball in front of the supportive fans gathered at the Comcast Center Pavilion.
Maryland head coach Janice Kruger cited an improved defensive effort from the previous two weeks.
"I thought the defensive effort was the best I have seen all year," she said. "We really made that extra effort to get on the ground for every ball and protect our home court." +Read More
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After last weekend's long weekend at VCU featuring a trio of five-game victories, the University of Maryland volleyball team is starting to make things look easier.
The Terps swept James Madison Friday night and opened Saturday morning with a 3-0 victory over New Hampshire in the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational at Comcast Center Pavilion.
Maryland (7-1) won by scores of 30-24, 30-22 and 30-23 for its fifth straight victory. New Hampshire fell to 6-3. +Read More
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Boston College volleyball team swept the Hornets of Delaware State, 3-0, in their final game of the Harvard Invitational, Saturday afternoon.
The Eagles went 2-1 during the tournament, sweeping both Wofford College and Delaware State. BC's only loss came against the Spartans of Michigan State.
BC performed excellent on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court. The Eagles tallied an attacking percentage for all three games of .441. The defense of BC kept the Hornets attack in check, holding Delaware State to only 25 kills over the three games of the match. +Read More
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina volleyball team took a quick 2-0 lead over American in the final match of the Carolina Classic Saturday night and were able to battle and hold on for the 3-2 win. Christine Vaughen earned all-tournament honors as she hit .389 with 21 kills in the win. Carolina will open the 2007 ACC Schedule on Friday, September 14 at NC State in a match set for 7 p.m.
Game one was a tight one throughout as the score was tied 16 times and the lead changed hands on seven separate occasions. Midway through the game neither team to gain an advantage as the score was tied from points number 11-20. The Tar Heels then made a run to take control of the game as Bekah Brinkley picked up back-to-back kills to give Carolina a two point lead at 22-20. The teams would trade points the rest of the way as Carolina claimed the 30-27 victory. +Read More
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Carolina fell behind early in its match Saturday against Western Kentucky and was never able to climb out of the early deficit, losing 3-1. Christine Vaughen accounted for 14 points in the match, the only Tar Heel in double-figures as Carolina drops to 3-5 on the year. Carolina will close out the Carolina Classic at 7 p.m. on Saturday against American.
The Tar Heels starterd out a little rough as they found themselves down 2-0 after the first two games. A day after hitting a season-high .323, the Tar Heels hit .111 and .139 in the initial pair of games. Game one was close from the get go as the score was tied five times and the lead changed hands three times. A Western Kentucky attack error gave UNC an 18-17, unfortunately it would be Carolina's last lead of the game. The Lady Toppers would go on and control the game from that point outscoring the Tar Heels 12-8 for the 30-26 victory. +Read More
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Virginia volleyball team (5-4, 0-0 ACC) rebounded after dropping its first two matches of the USD Invitational to knock off UC Santa Barbara late Saturday, 3-1. The Cavaliers won the first two games by the score of 30-22, but fell in the third game, 30-21. UVa would claim the match in the fourth game with a 30-28 victory.
Four Cavaliers reached double figure kills, led by Sarah Kirkwood's 22. Katie Oakes finished with 14, while Kendahl Voelker and Shannon Davis posted 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Setters Kelly Irvin and Marlow Bruneau shared responsibilities, with Irvin posting 32 assists and Bruneau adding 27. +Read More
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The Virginia volleyball team (4-4) was beaten by No. 18 San Diego 3-1 Saturday in its second match of the USD Invitational. UVa will take on UC Santa Barbara later this evening (8 p.m. ET) in the final match of the tournament.
The Toreros beat UVa 30-27 and 30-18 in the first two games, respectively. The Cavaliers came back to win game three, 30-26, but fell 30-19 in the final game. The win moved San Diego's record to 4-3 on the year. +Read More
ATLANTA, Ga. - Randy Goodenough posted a match-high 14 kills and the Wildcats hit .400 as a team as Arizona (6-2) stopped Georgia Tech (4-2), 3-0 (30-27, 30-13, 30-15), Saturday morning at O'Keefe Gym.
The loss is the Jackets' first at home this season, and first of the 2007 Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic, while Arizona improved to 3-0 in tournament play.
Goodenough led three Wildcats in double figures in kills, as Brooke Buringrud and Tiffany Owens added 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Headlining the Arizona defense was Alanna Resch, who recorded 11 digs, and Paige Weber, who posted six total blocks. +Read More
ATLANTA, Ga. - Five Wildcats posted double figures in kills, including Nicole Britenriker, who had a team-high 16, as Kentucky (9-2) stopped Georgia Tech (4-3), 3-1 (31-33, 31-29, 30-26, 30-22), Saturday night in the finale of the Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic.
With the loss, the Jackets finished third in the tournament while Kentucky earned runner-up honors to Arizona, who went 3-0 over the weekend.
Talisa Kellogg led all players with 20 kills while Chrissy DeMichelis added 16 for the Yellow Jackets. Ulrike Stegemann also posted double figures in kills, recording 13 against the Wildcats. +Read More
CLEMSON, S.C. - Luck was not with the Clemson volleyball team on Saturday, as the Tigers fell in a pair of five-game matches to conclude their play in the Big Orange Bash. Furman notched the morning win (33-31, 20-30, 30-22, 23-30, 15-12), while Purdue outlasted Clemson for the victory Saturday evening (30-21, 26-30, 28-30, 30-28, 15-12).
Danielle Hepburn led the Tigers, now 4-2, with 38 kills while hitting a combined .413 percentage for the day. She was one of four Clemson players to hit in double figures in both matches, joining Jeannette Abbott, Leslie Mansfield and Lia Proctor.
Defensively, Didem Ege tallied 60 total digs and setter Kelsey Murphy added 40 to go along with her 110 assists guiding the Tiger offense. +Read More
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State fell to Dartmouth, 3-1, in its first of two matches on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Holiday Inn Brownstone Volleyball Challenge on the NC State campus in Raleigh, N.C. The Big Green hit .132 compared to the Pack's .065 as State dropped its fifth-straight contest. The Pack falls to 3-6 on the year with the loss, while Dartmouth moves to 1-1.
Janay Yancey collected 11 kills while Alex Smith put up 31 assists and Nikki Sweet recorded 13 digs. Jess Thomas (13), Morgan Covington (13) and Sandy Barbut (10) all hit the double-digit mark in kills for the Big Green. +Read More
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State dropped its final match of the Holiday Inn Brownstone Volleyball Challenge, 3-1, to Akron on Saturday, Sept. 8, at historic Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus. The loss sends the Pack to 3-7 on the year, while the Zips climb to 8-2. Alex Smith was named to the all-tournament team following the match for her efforts throughout the two-day affair.
Lauren Zaniboni led the Pack's offense with 15 kills, while Keri DeMar, Megan Rehmer and Janay Yancey each added nine a piece. Smith lifted 40 assists and the team recorded nine total blocks while hitting .081. Four student-athletes, Andrea Bentley (28), Chrissy Zirpolo (12), Rehmer (11) and Nikki Sweet (11) cemented double-digit dig totals. +Read More
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team dropped its final match of the Panther Invitational 3-0 (28-30, 19-30, 28-30) to Cincinnati Saturday afternoon. Freshman Felicia Willoughby represented the Hokies on the all-tournament team, as she had a team-high 29 kills and 14 blocks on the weekend, and hit .306 in the three matches.
Against the Bearcats, Willoughby led the Hokies' attack, hitting a career-high .667 on 11 kills in 15 attempts, with one error. Sophomores Betsy Horowitz and Taylor Parrish each contributed six kills. +Read More
LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 11 Duke volleyball team dropped a hard-fought 3-2 (31-33, 29-31, 34-32, 30-25, 15-12) contest to Louisville Saturday evening at NU Coliseum on the final day of the Nebraska Ameritas Players Challenge.
Three of the five games went to extra points, while a five-point win in game four was the largest deficit of the evening. Duke (5-3) battled to opening wins in games one and two before the Cardinals rallied to tie the meeting at 2-2 with narrow victories in the next two games. A three-point victory in game five would be the difference for Louisville (4-4), which moves one step closer to breaking the CSTV/AVCA Top-25 after receiving 12 votes in the most recent national poll. +Read More
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida State volleyball team fought hard but couldn't pull out a win as they fall to 5-3 on the season after Long Beach State defeated the Seminoles 3-0 (22-30, 28-30, 23-30) on the final day of the Long Beach State Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Junior Mira Djruic (Belgrade, Serbia) led the team in kills with 15, followed closely by sophomore Brianna Barry (Winter Park, Fla.) with 13 and senior Makini Thompson (Quincy, Mass.) with nine. +Read More