Volleyball ACCtion: Saturday, September 20
Sept. 20, 2008
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - North Carolina battled No. 8 Minnesota to the bitter end Saturday night in Minneapolis, Minn. and went on to claim one of the top wins in school history as the Tar Heels won 3-2 (24-26, 25-20, 23-25, 31-29, 15-12) over the Golden Gophers. A total team effort fueled the Tar Heels to the upset victory as they battled back from a 2-1 deficit to claim a 31-29 set four victory before sealing the deal 15-12. The No. 8-ranking the Gophers held resulted in the top road upset in school history. The Tar Heels will look to carry the momentum into the ACC season as they host Maryland on Friday and Boston College on Saturday.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - Duke head coach Jolene Nagel collected her 400th career victory Saturday morning as the Blue Devil volleyball team toppled Delaware 3-1 (23-25, 25-9, 25-15, 25-20) on day two of the Charleston Invitational in John Kresse Arena.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - After defeating College of Charleston 3-0 on Friday night and Delaware 3-1 on Saturday morning, the Duke volleyball team completed its sweep of the Charleston Invitational with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-23, 25-11) victory against Gardner-Webb Saturday evening at John Kresse Arena.
TOWSON, Md. - Senior right side Mary Beth Brown recorded five kills and three blocks to move into fourth place on the school's all-time blocks list as the University of Maryland volleyball team defeated Lehigh in five sets Saturday morning at the Towson Invitational.
TOWSON, Md. - The University of Maryland volleyball team tied a school record with 21 total blocks in a four-set victory against North Dakota Saturday evening in the Towson Invitational. The Terrapins (4-8) posted their first back-to-back wins of the season, defeating the Fighting Sioux, 25-22, 31-33, 25-23 and 25-20.
BOONE, N.C. - Wake Forest picked up wins over Charlotte and North Carolina A&T on Saturday to claim the Appalachian State Invitational title with a perfect 3-0 record. The Deacons downed the 49ers in four sets and finished off the tournament with a sweep of the Aggies.
The Deacons have wrapped up non-conference play at 9-3, the best start for the team since 2003. Charlotte drops to 8-3 with a match tonight against Appalachian St. and NC A&T falls to 1-14 on the season.
CLEMSON, SC - Danielle Hepburn and Lia Proctor combined for 31 kills against just two total errors in leading the Tiger volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-18) sweep of Florida A&M on Saturday in the Clemson Classic. Both hit over .500 in the match to help the Tigers post a .400 clip for the day.
The Clemson (7-4) defense had a strong showing as well, holding the Rattlers to a .191 hitting percentage while posting 35 team digs and eight team blocks in the three-set match. Hepburn partnered with setter Kelsey Murphy for five blocks while libero Didem Ege tallied a team-high 13 kills.
Boca Raton, Fla. - Freshman Lane Carico had a match-high 12 kills and 13 digs to lead the University of Miami past Florida Atlantic University, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-18) in a non-conference volleyball match-up at the FAU Arena in Boca Raton, Fla.
Miami (12-0) extended their winning streak to 14 consecutive matches with the win as they limited FAU (7-4) to a hitting percentage of .054. Meanwhile, the Hurricanes collected their sixth .300-or better hitting match this season with .311 on the night.
EVANSTON, Ill. - The Virginia volleyball team responded from a tough first day at the Wildcat Classic by winning it's final match over Georgetown, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 27-25) on Saturday at Northwestern University. Fourth-year Shannon Davis (Austin, Texas) was named to the all-tournament team for her efforts.
Against Georgetown, third-year Lauren Dickson (Austin, Texas) led the Cavaliers with 15 kills, while second-year Sydney Hill (Kalamazoo, Mich.) tied a career-high with seven blocks.
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Virginia Tech defeated UNC Asheville Saturday afternoon 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-21), in Hanover Hall in Wilmington, N.C., to win the Seahawk Classic and equal the program's best start in 13 years.
The Hokies (9-2, 0-0 ACC) secured their third regular season tournament title with the win over the Bulldogs (6-5, 0-0 Big South). The 9-2 mark for the Hokies matches the 1995 squad, who went 9-2 in the first 11 matches and finished 22-12 overall, for the best start ever in Tech history.
BOSTON, MASS. - In the Mass Challenge hosted by Northeastern, Boston College regrouped from a 3-0 loss to the host Huskies to defeat Holy Cross in three sets at Solomon Court. After the two game split in the tournament, the Eagles now stand at 6-6 on the season.
Against Holy Cross, the Eagles rallied back from two set points late in the third set - the first on a Jordan Meredith kill at 24-23, the second on a Holy Cross attack error at 25-24 - to force match point. The Eagles were able to close out the match on that point for a 27-25 set win.
GREENVILLE, N.C. – NC State quieted a highly partisan crowd at Minges Coliseum on Saturday, Sept. 20, downing East Carolina, 3-2, in five sets. The win moves the Pack to 6-9 on the year, while the Pirates fall to 11-5. The victory caps a two-win weekend for NC State, which has now won four of its last seven contests.
GREENVILLE, N.C. - Despite taking the opening set, NC State volleyball lost to Marshall, 3-1, on Saturday, Sept. 20 at the East Carolina Invitational in Greenville, N.C. The loss sends the Pack to 5-9 on the year, while the Thundering Herd moves to 6-4.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The North Carolina volleyball team fell into an early 2-0 hole against TCU in the Tar Heels second match of the Gopher Invitational Saturday morning in Minneapolis, Minn. before battling back and forcing a fifth set that TCU claimed for the 3-2 win (25-19, 25-22, 18-25, 17-25, 15-13). Middle hitters Christine Vaughen and Heather Brooks along with outside hitter Lauren Prussing combined for 39 kills in the match as the Tar Heels fell to 5-5 on the year and 1-1 at the Gopher Invitational.