Volleyball ACCtion: Tuesday, October 30
Oct. 30, 2007
North Carolina 3, NC State 0
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Bekah Brinkley recorded her third straight game in double-figure kills with 14 as she led the Tar Heels to a 3-0 sweep of NC State Tuesday night in Carmichael Auditorium. Carolina has now won 18 consecutive matches against the Wolfpack. The Tar Heels will host Boston College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Maryland on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Carolina opened the match in impressive fashion as the Tar Heels cruised to a 30-17 win. Bekah Brinkley continued her impressive play with four kills on just six attempts for a .667 hitting percentage. Sophomore Megan Owens was not far behind as she tallied a .571 percentage with four kills as well. The Tar Heels hit .273 as a team and blocked four balls in the victory.
The Tar Heels and Wolfpack battled in the beginning of the game as both teams were tied at 8-8 before the Tar Heels went to work and took nine of the next 11 points to take a 17-10 lead. Carolina would lengthen its lead to 25-17 late in the game before going on a game-sealing 5-0 run to claim the 13-point win.
Clemson 3, Georgia Tech 1
CLEMSON, S.C. - The 24th-ranked Clemson volleyball team (21-2, 14-0 ACC) won its 17 th straight match on Tuesday night, setting the program record for consecutive victories. The Tigers rebounded from a loss in the first game to claim the next three and defeat Georgia Tech, 3-1 (22-30, 30-18, 30-20, 30-27) in front of a crowd of 1,750 at Jervey Gym.
The match was also a historic night for senior Leslie Mansfield. The native of St. Charles, IL recorded her 1,000 th career dig to join an exclusive group of Clemson players who have tallied at least 500 kills, 1,000 digs and 200 blocks in their careers. With her 13-kill and nine-dig performance on Tuesday night, she has now totaled 578 kills, 1,005 digs and 275 blocks. Former Tiger greats Joy Fleming, Robin Kibben and Jodi Steffes are the only other players who can make the claim.
"I am so proud of my teammates for what we are accomplishing this year," Mansfield said. "It is always fun to play a team as energetic and exciting as Georgia Tech, and I am happy we were able to pick up our game after a slow start."
Lia Proctor totaled a Clemson-best 16 kills on the night while hitting a season-high .483 percentage. Jeannette Abbott and Meghan Steiner had 13 and 11 kills, respectively, while setter Kelsey Murphy tallied 50 assists in the match. Defensively, Sue Eckman had a team-high 14 digs while Danielle Hepburn posted six total blocks.