Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, October 16
Oct. 16, 2009
No. 17 FSU Trounces Terps, 3-0
For FSU (16-2, 7-1 Atlantic Coast Conference), the straight-sets win is the squad's 11th sweep of the year as the 'Noles stay perched atop the ACC.
The league victory over the Terrapins (10-11, 2-6) is newsworthy enough, but the night's final score was not the only exciting thing for Florida State. That's because the Seminoles got a huge boost with the return of outside hitter Lauren Richardson.
Tar Heels Dispatch Duke 3-1
North Carolina used a balanced attack that featured four players in double-figure kills serviced by Cora Harms 42 assists. Suzanne Haydel led all attackers with 15 kills and also posted 19 digs along with two blocks. Heather Brooks added 12 kills, while Branagan Fuller and Ingrid Hanson-Tuntland chipped in 10. Hanson-Tuntland also pitched in seven blocks to lead the Heels. Defensively libero Kaylie Gibson notched 22 digs supplemented by Aleksandra Georgieva's 16 digs and freshman Cayla Shortley's nine digs. Georgieva posted her first career block in the match.
Carolina hit at a .180 clip in the match, but posted hitting percentages of .300 and .275 in the final two sets. Duke hit at a .134 clip, which is Duke's lowest mark since playing No. 1 Penn State on Sept. 12, 2009. The loss gives Duke back-to-back losses for the first time since August 29-30, 2008, when the Blue Devils fell to two ranked opponents to start the season.
Clemson Volleyball Takes Down Cavaliers, 3-0, in Charlottesville
Kelsey Murphy had a stellar match, leading Clemson to 44 kills and only 11 errors, racking up 30 assists, ten digs, six kills, three aces and a block. Jessica Williams also had a solid match, picking up four kills, six assists, and nine digs. Didem Ege led Clemson with 12 digs and three aces. Freshman Alexa Rand continued her strong play with seven kills and four blocks.
With her ten digs, Murphy moved into the top ten in Clemson history in digs with 1,126 for her career, and recorded her 100th service ace. Ege now has 2,036 digs and ranks fifth in ACC history. The win was the 197th for Clemson in the ACC.
Epic comeback in set two propels Hokies to victory
The Hokies (14-5, 4-4 ACC) continued its undefeated streak at home, moving to 9-0 on the season in Cassell, taking down the Yellow Jackets (12-6, 6-2 ACC), who sat tied for first place in the conference coming into the match, in the process.
Both teams started the match out evenly, tying each other four times in the first 10 points of set one. The Yellow Jackets gained a 15-11 edge and maintained the distance for much of the set, until a 4-0 run by the Hokies tied the period at 19 all. Seven more ties ensued until a service error by Georgia Tech’s Monique Mead and an attack error by the Yellow Jackets’ Chrissy DeMichelis sealed the frame for the Hokies, 28-26.
Miami Volleyball Too Much for Boston College, 3-1
Miami (11-7, 4-4 ACC) fell in a tough first set where neither team wanted to relinquish the all-important opening frame. UM hit a .316 clip (15-3-38) while taking advantage of eight BC attack errors. Boston College (11-8, 1-7 ACC) countered with timely kills and service aces down the stretch for the opening set victory, 26-24.
In the second, the Hurricanes hit a match-high .351 percentage as a team, posting 17 kills in the set on 37 swings. They countered on defense by limiting the Eagles to a match-low .030 hitting mark. Behind the efforts of Carico, UM was able to bolt out to an early lead it wouldn't relinquish in the 25-12 win.
Wake Forest Rolls Past NC State In Three
The Deacons, who are now 7-12 overall and 5-3 in the ACC, beat NC State for the 22nd straight time and swept the Wolfpack for the 15th time in the last 19 meetings. With the loss, NC State falls to 7-15 overall and 0-7 in the conference. Wake went on to take set victories of 29-27, 25-16, 25-19.
McIntyre led all attackers with 15 kills and hit a sensational .609 with three blocks. This was the fifth time in the last six matches that McIntyre has hit better than .455 in a match.