Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, October 12
Oct. 12, 2007
Clemson 3, Wake Forest 1
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Jeannette Abbott posted a season-best 23 kills on Friday night, leading the Clemson volleyball team to a 3-1 (33-31, 26-30, 30-22, 30-24) victory over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, NC. The win was the Tigers' 10th consecutive win and seventh against ACC opponents, improving them to 14-2 overall and 7-0 in conference.
Abbott also tallied a season-high 14 kills for a double-double performance, while Danielle Hepburn added 12 kills with eight total blocks for Clemson. Leslie Mansfield also recorded double figures in both kills and digs with 10 and 16, respectively.
Senior Meghan Steiner set a career high with 11 total blocks, recording a personal best 10 block assists and one solo block.
Natalie Mullikin led the Demon Deacons (7-11, 4-5 ACC) with 21 kills while Jessica Furlong tallied 17 in the effort.
Duke 3, Georgia Tech 2
DURHAM, N.C. - Carrie DeMange connected on 28 kills and recorded her 10th straight double-double as 13th-ranked Duke overcame a 2-0 deficit on the way to a 3-2 (28-30, 21-33, 30-25, 30-22, 15-12) victory over Georgia Tech Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
DeMange finished the evening with a .271 hitting percentage, 12 digs, four blocks and two aces for her team-leading 12th double-double of the season. The senior middle blocker hammered 11 of her kills in the first game and contributed five more in games two through four.
DeMange was one of four Blue Devils to reach double figures, as sophomore Rachael Moss knocked 21 kills, junior Jourdan Norman added 14 and Sue Carls finished with 13. Norman's 14 kills came on 27 errorless attacks for a match-high .519 hitting percentage, marking the eighth time this season that the junior middle blocker has topped the .500 mark.
Maryland 3, Florida State 1
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Seniors Jade Brown (Atlanta, Ga.) and Beth Gillming (Cincinnati, Ohio) both recorded 16 kills and the University of Maryland volleyball team picked up an important Atlantic Coast Conference victory, 3-1, against the Florida State Seminoles at Comcast Pavilion Friday night.
Brown's 16 kills catapulted her into fourth place on Maryland's all-time kills list with 1,187, surpassing Elizabeth Efron's mark by one.
Maryland (11-6, 3-5) started slowly in the first game against Florida State (8-9, 3-5), falling behind by as many as 11 points before losing by four, 26-30. However, the Terps took the next three games 30-28, 30-28, 30-18.
Game two went back and forth the whole way. With the game knotted at 28, the Terps took the win on back-to-back kills by junior outside hitter Mary Beth Brown (Vienna, Va) and Jade Brown.
North Carolina 3, Virginia Tech 1
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Christine Vaughen led the way for the Tar Heels in Carolina's 3-1 (30-24, 22-30, 30-28, 30-27) road win over Virginia Tech. Vaughen picked up 15 kills, hitting a match-high .520 and tallied seven blocks as Carolina held off the Hokies to improve to 8-9 overall and 4-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The Tar Heels started out slow in game one as Virginia Tech picked up the first five points of the match. Carolina responded though battling back for the 30-24 opening game win, its fourth consecutive game one victory. Megan Owens and Lauren Prussing provided the offensive firepower for the Tar Heels picking up five kills apiece in the win. Carolina hit .429 in the game as Christine Vaughen chipped in four kills while hitting a team-high .800.
Boston College 3, Miami 0
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College volleyball team continued its strong play at home, sweeping Miami, 3-0, last night at Power Gymnasium. With the win, the Eagles now own a 7-1 record at home this season.
BC played brilliantly in game-one, defeating the Hurricanes, 30-22. As a team, the Eagles connected on 20 of 40 attacking attempts, while committing only four errors for a .400 hitting percentage. The Eagles hit for a .255 percentage during the three-game match.
The Eagles won game-two and game-three by the score of 30-24 to raise their overall record to 9-9, 3-5 in the ACC.
Virginia 3, NC State 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia volleyball team (11-7, 6-3 ACC) swept NC State 3-0 Friday at Mem Gym. The win was the 100th career Atlantic Coast Conference victory for head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton. Game scores were 30-19, 30-15 and 30-27.
Virginia saw libero Melissa Caldwell return to the starting lineup after missing the Virginia Tech match earlier in the week. Outside hitter and Lauren Dickson also played in all three games but in a limited capacity.
Third year Shannon Davis paced the Cavaliers with a match-high 14 kills while hitting .522 against NC State. Kendahl Voelker and Sarah Kirkwood each had nine kills and Tara Hester added eight. Setter Kelly Irvin tallied 40 assists on the night. Kirkwood also led the team with a match-best six service aces.