Volleyball ACCtion: Thursday, October 4
Oct. 5, 2007
The Tar Heels picked up their second consecutive sweep Thursday night as they defended their home floor with a 3-0 win over visiting Wake Forest. Carolina took a tightly contested game one 33-31 before taking the next two games 30-28 and 30-25 for the victory. The Tar Heels improve to 7-8 overall and 3-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Duke will be in Carmichael Auditorium on Sunday as the teams will do battle at 2 p.m.
The Tar Heels continued their solid play from Sunday as they took game one, which was a back-and-forth affair. The teams traded the initial points of the game before Wake Forest took an 11-7 lead after a three-point run. Carolina's middle hitters, Christine Vaughen and Heather Brooks, took over as they pulled the game into a tie at 13-13.
Senior libero Jenny Shull picked up 25 digs to become Duke's all-time digs leader and help the 13th-ranked Blue Devils to a 3-1 (30-23, 26-30, 30-25, 30-19) victory over N.C. State Thursday evening in Reynolds Coliseum.
Shull surpassed the 13-year old record of 1,818 digs, held by Blue Devil great Ashley Wacholder since 1994, and moved to third place on the all-time ACC list with 1,826 in her four-year career.
For the second straight match, four Duke (11-3, 6-0 ACC) players reached double-digit kills with Jourdan Norman's 16 leading the squad. Senior Carrie DeMange and sophomore Rachael Moss turned in 15 kills each while Sue Carls added 12. Norman also led all players with a .519 hitting percentage, marking the fifth consecutive match in which the junior middle blocker has posted a hitting percentage over .500. Since opening conference play, Norman leads all Blue Devils with a .514 hitting percentage, followed closely by Carls' .426 clip.