Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, October 26
Oct. 26, 2007
Clemson 3, North Carolina 1
CLEMSON, S.C. - Jeannette Abbott and Kelsey Murphy reached career milestones on Friday night, while five Tigers hit double figures in kills and the Clemson volleyball team defeated North Carolina, 3-1 (30-23, 30-24, 26-30, 30-21), at Jervey Gym. The Tigers recorded 87 defensive saves against the Tar Heels in their designated Dig For The Cure match to benefit the Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation.
Abbott became just the 12th different player in Clemson history and the first since 2005 to join the 20-20 club as she tallied 22 kills and 20 digs in the contest. The 20 digs tied a personal-best for the junior from Downers Grove, IL.
Meanwhile, Murphy notched her 2,000th career assist in the fourth game and finished with a season-high 64 to total 2,014 in just her sophomore season. With her 12 digs against the Tar Heels, Murphy also went over the 500 mark for her career.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Coming off three consecutive road wins, the Seminoles extended their streak to four after taking down Virginia Tech 3-1 (30-21, 25-30, 30-28, 30-24) in Tully Gym Friday, Oct. 26. Florida State advances to 10-11 and 7-6 in the ACC, while the Hokies drop to 6-7 in the conference.
We just try to stay focused on the game plan at hand and sometimes we challenge them if we don't think we're fighting on every point.
"Tonight was a great win for us," head coach Todd Kress said. "Everybody played well even if it wasn't our cleanest match. We'll come out even better tomorrow night against Virginia."
ATLANTA, Ga. - Talisa Kellogg hit .448 and posted a match-high 14 kills to lead Georgia Tech to a 3-0 (30-27, 30-18, 30-19) sweep over NC State Friday night at O'Keefe Gym.
With the win, the Yellow Jackets (14-8, 8-4 ACC) extended their winning streak to three matches for the first time this season and remained in fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings, while the Wolfpack fell to 3-19 on the year, 0-12 in the ACC.
Kellogg recorded her 14 kills on 29 attempts while committing just one error, which came with one point remaining in the match. Ulrike Stegemann hit .429 with seven kills and eight digs against the Wolfpack while Chrissy DeMichelis added 13 kills for the Jackets.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terrapins dominated both sides of the net to knock off the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons as Maryland volleyball swept its way (30-19, 30-21, 30-17) to victory Friday night at Comcast Pavilion to remain unbeaten in College Park this season.
Maryland (14-8, 6-7) out-hit Wake Forest (7-15, 4-9) .380-.113 offensively and had nearly three times as many blocks defensively, finishing with a 14-5 advantage.
The Terps put three players in double figures in kills. Senior outside hitter Jade Brown (Atlanta, Va.) paced Maryland with 13 kills, while sophomore middle blocker Katie Usher (Vienna, Va.) notched 12 and senior outside hitter Beth Gillming (Cincinnati, Ohio) finished with 11.
Sophomore middle blocker Meredith Doyle (McLean, Va.) led the Terps with eight blocks, two of them solos. Usher had five blocks and Brown and junior outside hitter Mary Beth Brown (Vienna, Va.) both finished with four.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The Virginia volleyball team (14-8, 9-4 ACC) upended Miami 3-1 Friday to avoid a Hurricane sweep. Four players reached double digit kills, led by Sarah Kirkwood's 13. Melissa Caldwell paced the Cavalier defense with a team-best 17 digs. Game scores were 30-24, 30-21, 24-30 and 30-28.
The Hurricanes handed Virginia its first conference loss of the season earlier this year, a 3-2 loss in an exciting five-game match back on Sept. 21.
"We were motivated coming in after they beat us the first round," head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton said. "We knew we should have beaten them that match and it slipped through our fingers. It was important for us to get this one on the road."
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Ali Hausfeld tossed up 46 assists and knocked down a career-high six service aces to lead the 14th-ranked Duke volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-19, 30-26, 34-32) victory over Boston College Friday evening at Power Gymnasium.
Hausfeld, the nation's leader in assists per game, notched a double-double with 11 digs and contributed six kills on eight errorless attacks for a team-high .750 hitting percentage. The senior setter also helped out on two of Duke's 12 blocks and led the Blue Devils (17-4, 12-1 ACC) to a collective hitting percentage of .287. Sophomore Rachael Moss led all players with 19 kills, while senior middle blocker Carrie DeMange posted her 14th consecutive double-double with 10 kills and 10 digs.
Audrey Eichler led Boston College (10-13, 4-9 ACC) with 15 kills and a .464 hitting percentage, while Kelsey Johnson also reached double figures with 10 kills.