Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, October 31
Oct. 31, 2008
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - North Carolina picked up its third straight win Friday night in Chestnut Hill, Mass. as the Tar Heels took down Boston College, 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-22), to improve to 14-9 overall and 8-4 in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Senior Lauren Prussing continued her impressive play as she led the Tar Heels with 13 kills on a .296 hitting percentage and will look to push Carolina's streak to four on Sunday when the Tar Heels take on Maryland at 1 p.m.
Boston College picked up the opening point of the night on a Melanie Cimino kill before Prussing tallied three kills with Heather Brooks mixing in a service ace as Carolina jumped out to a 4-1 lead and never looked back. Carolina took the opening set 25-17 on the back of a .459 hitting percentage. The Tar Heels committed just two errors in the set as Carolina recorded 19 of its 25 points via the kill. Prussing led the team with five, while Brooks and Christine Vaughen added four apiece and outside hitters Courtney Johnston and Suzanne Haydel each finished with three in the opener.
CLEMSON, SC - In a designated Dig for a Cure match, the Clemson volleyball team tied its season high for a three-set match with 54 defensive saves to sweep Virginia (25-14, 25-12, 25-18) at Jervey Gym on Friday night. Lia Proctor led the Tigers with 15 digs, while Didem Ege and Jeannette Abbott added 13 and 10, respectively.
Dig for a Cure is a nationwide effort by collegiate volleyball programs to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research. Fans were urged to pledge an amount for each dig Clemson recorded or donate a flat sum to the cause.
MIAMI, Fla. – Katie Gallagher served up 35 assists in three sets to direct the Miami volleyball team to a .295 hitting percentage and 3-0 (27-25, 25-19, 25-23) win over Duke Friday evening in the James Knight Complex.
Gallagher had at least 11 assists in every set and saw over 40 percent of her attempts go down for kills in the match. The 5-11 sophomore also recorded a double-double with 14 digs and allowed teammates Genny Mayhew and Ashley Woods to reach double figures with 14 and 10 kills, respectively.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On Halloween night in Tully Gym, Florida State volleyball continued its streak of ACC sweeps with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19) win over Wake Forest inside Tully Gymnasium. The Seminoles are on a three-game sweep streak after taking out both Virginia Tech and Virginia in three on the road last weekend. FSU improves to 15-7 and 7-5 in the conference while the Demon Deacons slip to 15-9 and 6-6.
"I'm certainly proud of the sweep again," Seminole head coach Chris Poole said. "I feel like in each of the sets tonight we had some problems with playing as consistently as we would like. But in all of them we came on strong at the end, which is very encouraging to me."
ATLANTA - Callie Miller hit .524 with 13 kills and Talisa Kellogg added a match-best 15 kills to lead Georgia Tech (16-6, 8-4 ACC) to a 3-0 win against Virginia Tech (17-6, 8-4 ACC) Friday night at O'Keefe Gym. The win was the Yellow Jackets' fifth sweep in their last six matches and helped Tech remain in a five-way tie for second place in the league standings.
"We got the leadership that we needed from our seniors tonight, and I'm really proud of the scrappy play that our back row provided," said Georgia Tech head coach Bond Shymansky. "Kellogg seemed unstoppable but was also very patient in her attacking discipline, and Callie Miller was just on fire tonight.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Katie Usher led the Terps in kills, blocks and hitting percentage, dominating the late stages of the University of Maryland volleyball team's 3-0 sweep of visiting NC State Friday evening, helping snap the team's 10-match losing streak in the process.
Usher, a junior middle blocker, led the Terps (6-18, 2-10 ACC) with 13 kills on .346 hitting to go along with four blocks. Usher took over the match at times in the final two sets, combing for 10 kills on .471 hitting with three of her four blocks in the final two sessions of the night.