Women's Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, September 18
Sept. 19, 2009
No. 19 'Noles Blow Away 'Canes
By sweeping the Hurricanes (7-3, 0-1 ACC), the Seminoles (9-1, 1-0) enacted a little revenge on a program that defeated them two times last year. With the win, FSU has now lost just six sets all season long and has swept its opponent in all but three games this year.
Three Seminoles led the way on the offensive end as Brianna Barry, Rachael Morgan and Jordana Price all had eight kills apiece. Mira Djuric and Stephanie Neville also combined for 12 kills.
Duke Handles Demon Deacons 3-0 for First ACC Win
Robertson, a 6-3 middle blocker, made just one attack error on 14 attacks while also contributing one service ace, five digs and three blocks. Her efficiency was part of an offensive outburst that saw Duke (9-2, 1-0 ACC) hit .326 against the Demon Deacons.
Robertson also helped Duke rack up 10.5 blocks against Wake Forest (0-10, 0-1 ACC), which is the most by the Blue Devils in a three-set match since Nov. 13 against North Carolina. Robertson was one of six Blue Devils with multiple blocks, joining freshman Christian Gray - who had a team-high five - and Becci Burling and Kellie Catanach, who had four stops apiece.
Virginia Downs Virginia Tech in ACC Opener
Sophomore Simone Asque led all players with 16 kills, while senior Lauren Dickson knocked down 15 kills and freshman Tobi Farrar had a personal-best 10 kills. Junior Sydney Hill hit a personal-best .636, landing seven kills on 11 attempts, while committing zero errors.
Defensively, junior AJ Cushman led all players with 19 digs and freshman Jessica O’Shoney and Asque contributed four blocks each.
Boston College Takes First Home Match Of The Season, Tops Connecticut, 3-2
The Eagles moved to 8-1 on the season while the Huskies dropped to 6-7.
After a long stretch of road matches, the Eagles looked to capitalize on the home court advantage that had eluded them thus far this year. BC came out of the gate strong and attacked the Huskies with three service aces, two by sophomore Jordan Meredith, and 12 kills to take the first set 25-20.
Clemson Defeats Presbyterian, 3-0, in Clemson Classic
The Tigers put forth a complete effort, registering a season-high .441 hitting mark, while holding the Blue Hose to a .012 mark with15.0 blocks. Alexa Rand notched 10 total blocks for the Tigers, all in the final two sets, which ties for third most by a freshman in Clemson history. She entered the match ranked tenth in the nation in blocking and tops in the ACC individually, while Clemson ranks first in the ACC as a team and tenth nationally.
Kelsey Murphy added 31 assists on 37 Clemson kills, and also had five block assists, moving her past Meg Steiner into seventh in Clemson history in career block assists. Natalie Patzin and Lia Proctor each tallied seven kills to lead the Tigers, while Lisa Jedlicka had five kills in five chances. Freshman Sandra Adeleye made the most of her start, recording six kills and four blocks.
NC State Puts Away La Salle, 3-1
Keri DeMar (15) and Kelly Wood (11) led the offense, combing for 26 of the team’s 54 kills, while Kelly Burns put up 45 set assists. The defense put together a solid effort, fronted by Lindsay Benac’s team-best 29 digs, while Wood (22), DeMar (13) and Burns (10) combined for 45 more. Jana Angel had four total blocks, while Benac and Taylor Pritchard both recorded service aces.
The first set of the evening was the most competitive, featuring 11 tied scores and six lead changes. The Pack led early on but allowed La Salle to knot the score at 24-all when serving for set point before grabbing consecutive scores to close the stanza. Isis Gardner put up four kills for the Pack, while Burns, DeMar and Wood all had three.
Clemson Volleyball Drops Five-Set Thriller to #17 Michigan State
Lia Proctor led the Tigers with a game-high 18 kills. She entered the match as the ACC's kills/set leader. The Tigers recorded 16.0 blocks, with Sandra Adeleye leading the way with eight. The nation's tenth best blocker, Alexa Rand, had seven in the match, and 17 overall on the day, averaging 2.13/set in the doubleheader. The nightcap loss was Clemson's only loss of the season when playing two matches on one day. The Tigers held Michigan State to a .211 hitting average, more than .100 below their season average, which is ranked fifth nationally.
Jessica Williams had a career-high 15 kills to go with 11 digs, and Kelsey Murphy had 41 assists, leaving her 41 shy of second in Clemson history, which she will likely attain sometime in the next two matches. Murphy led Clemson to a .219 mark, while also registering 12 digs.
Georgia Tech Falls To Denver, 3-1, In Pioneer Classic
Sophomore Asia Stawicka hit .562 as she added nine kills, while sophomore Bailey Hunter chipped in with 13 kills. Junior Jordan McCullers and freshman Susan Carlson added 10 digs apiece for the Yellow Jackets. Georgia Tech hit .206 as a team for the match.
In set one, the Yellow Jackets had to rally twice to go up one. Down 13-9, Tech reeled off five straight points to take a 14-13 lead. Denver came back to re-take the lead, 16-15, but another run of 4-0 by the Jackets gave them the lead again at 19-16. Denver, however, would not go quietly. The Pioneers tied the set at 20 apiece, but Tech scored five of the next six points to win the first set, 25-21.
Wolfpack Drops to High Point
Keri DeMar led the Pack offense with 12 kills, while Kelly Wood added nine. Kelly Burns lifted 26 set assists, and Jana Angel had four total blocks and dropped the team’s lone service ace. Lindsay Benac etched 19 digs, while DeMar (12), Taylor Pritchard (11), and Wood (10) all recorded double-digit dig totals of their own.
High Point led throughout the entire first frame, winning 25-18. The Pack bounced back in the second, hitting a match-high .171 with 12 kills, but still fell 25-23. NC State trailed late in play at 23-20, but quickly knotted things up with three consecutive scores. Two straight Panther points followed however, ending the Pack’s chance at taking the set.
Maryland Falls to VCU in Four
Maddi Lee finished with 11 kills, Lisa Scott added 10 and Sam Rosario posted a match-high 27 digs as the Rams won by scores of 25-21, 19-25, 25-22 and 25-20.
VCU (8-4) led almost the entire first set, hitting .333 as a team in the opening frame. The Rams never ran away with the set, but also never led by less than two points after falling behind 5-4 early.
Heels Fall In Five To Blue Hens
Carolina built a 2-0 lead behind senior middle blockers Heather Brooks and Hanson-Tuntland attack. Hanson-Tuntland's tied a career high in the match with 17 kills, a mark she matched a week ago against Tennessee. The Heels were able to hold the the Blue Hens to a .169 hitting percentage in the match behind libero Kaylie Gibson's career high 39 digs.
The third set was certainly the turning point of the match as Carolina built a quick 17-10 lead. Megan Owens and Suzanne Haydel led the early attack in third set with assists from setter Erica Behm, who posted 48 assists in the match. The Blue Hens fought back to tie the set at 22 and never looked back winning the set 25-22.