Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, October 19
Oct. 19, 2007
Georgia Tech 3, Maryland 2
ATLANTA, Ga. - Chrissy DeMichelis posted a career-high 22 kills and Allie Niekamp notched her fourth double-double of the season to power Georgia Tech past Maryland, 3-2 (30-21, 22-30, 30-24, 28-30, 15-10) Friday night at O'Keefe Gym. With the victory, the Yellow Jackets held on to fourth place in the conference standings with a 6-4 ACC record while standing 12-8 on the season, and Maryland dropped to 13-7, 5-6 ACC heading into Saturday's match at Clemson.
"It was a much needed victory for our team," head coach Bond Shymansky said. "We fought back through some mental lapses in our serving and really executed flawlessly in game five between great passing and aggressive swings.
Florida State 3, North Carolina 2
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The Florida State volleyball team takes home its first road conference win of the season after downing North Carolina 3-2 (34-32, 25-30, 23-30, 30-24, 16-14) in Chapel Hill, N.C., on Friday night. FSU is now tied 4-6 in the conference with UNC and moves up to 7-11 overall (UNC is now 8-11).
The win at North Carolina marks the first conference road win of the season for the Seminoles. The last time they won against an ACC opponent away from Tallahassee was against Wake Forest on November 21, 2006. Florida State won that match 3-0 (30-16, 30-28, 30-18).
"Tonight's win was important as a team win," head coach Todd Kress said. "It was a total team effort on the road and obviously this team still has some fight left in the dog.
Clemson 3, Boston College 0
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Tiger defense held Boston College to just a .056 hitting percentage while tallying 10 total team blocks as the Clemson volleyball team swept the Eagles at Jervey Gym on Friday night. The win extended the Tigers' streak to 13 straight and improved their conference-leading record to 10-0.
"We played very well defensively tonight," Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover said. "I'm happy we survived against a tough team in Boston College."
Junior Danielle Hepburn led Clemson (17-2, 10-0 ACC) offensively with 16 kills and hit .444 in the match. Seniors Leslie Mansfield and Meghan Steiner each tallied six total blocks on Friday night, while Mansfield also recorded a team-best 12 digs.
Kelsey Johnson posted a team-high 14 kills for Boston College (10-11, 4-7 ACC) while Cathy Quilico tallied 15 defensive saves.
Duke 3, Virginia Tech 0
DURHAM, N.C. - Carrie DeMange turned in a match-high 16 kills and four blocks to lead No. 17 Duke to a 3-0 (30-22, 31-29, 30-26) victory over Virginia Tech Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
DeMange connected on exactly half of her 32 attacks to finish with a team-leading .406 hitting percentage and picked up 10 digs for her 12th consecutive double-double. Rachael Moss also reached double figures with 12 kills, while Jourdan Norman added ten and three blocks.
Duke (15-4, 10-1 ACC) hammered 52 kills on the evening, 44 of which were served up by senior setter Ali Hausfeld. With 44 assists, Hausfeld, already leading the nation with a 14.27 assist per game average, became the first setter in the ACC to reach the 1,000 mark and stands atop the conference ranking with 1,013 to date.
Miami 3, NC State 1
RALEIGH, N.C. - Middle blocker Ciara Michel finished with a team-high 16 kills and setter Katie Gallagher reached the 50-assist mark for the fifth time this season as Miami defeated N.C. State, 3-1, Friday night at Reynolds Coliseum. With the win, the Hurricanes snapped a six-match losing streak to improve to 9-10 overall and 3-7 in Atlantic Coast Conference play while the Wolfpack dropped their 16th-straight match to fall to 3-17 overall and 0-10 in league play.
"It is great to get back on the winning track," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "We got a lot more production from the middle tonight and Ciara Michel was at the center of that effort. She had a big match offensively in addition to chipping in with some blocks as well."
The Hurricanes, after falling behind 1-0 after a 30-17 loss in game one, were able to turn things around and even up the score with a close 30-28 game-two win. From there, Miami carried its momentum into game three with a 30-26 win before eventually clinching the match with a 30-25 game-four win.
Virginia 3, Wake Forest 1
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Virginia volleyball team (13-7, 8-3 ACC) downed Wake Forest 3-1 on the road Friday. Game scores were 30-28, 31-29, 19-30 and 30-24. Fourth year Melissa Caldwell paced the Cavaliers with a match-high 19 kills while classmate Sarah Kirkwood led the offense with 12 kills.
Freshman Kendahl Voelker added 10 kills, Shannon Davis added seven and Katie Oakes finished with five. Kelly Irvin finished with 31 assists in the winning effort. Kirkwood also finished with 12 digs and three blocks for Virginia. Irvin and Hester each added nine digs apiece.
Natalie Mullikin led the Demon Deacons with 12 kills and a match-high eight blocks. Kristen White added 11 kills and nine digs for Wake Forest.