Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, November 2
Nov. 3, 2007
Virginia 3, Clemson 0
CHAROTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia volleyball team (15-9, 10-5 ACC) swept 24th-ranked and conference leader Clemson in impressive fashion Friday in Memorial Gymnasium. Each game was a hard-fought battle between the two teams, with Virginia coming out on top. Game scores were 30-23, 32-30, and 32-30.
The Tigers entered the match with a 21-2 overall record and had yet to be defeated (14-0) in league play. The match was played before a capacity crowd at Mem Gym with 916 in attendance, believed to be a Virginia record.
The last time the Cavaliers knocked off a ranked opponent was back on Oct. 5, 1996, a 3-1 win at home against No. 22 Georgia Tech.
"Everyone really stepped up today," head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton said following the win. "Shannon (Davis) is the emotional leader of our team on the court, and it was really fun to watch her play tonight. Tara (Hester) and Beth (Shelton) both did an amazing job tonight in their sub roles."
Sarah Kirkwood led the UVa attack with 14 kills, while Shannon Davis and Kendahl Voelker both contributed 11 kills each. Setters Kelly Irvin and Marlow Bruneau finished the night with 25 and 20 assists, respectively. A.J. Cushman tallied two service aces to aid the Cavalier offensive.
DURHAM, N.C. - Rachael Moss had 13 kills and 14 digs to lead the Duke volleyball team in a 3-0 (30-20, 30-22, 30-20) sweep of the Miami Hurricanes 3-0 Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the win, Duke improves to 19-4 overall and 14-1 in the ACC while the Hurricanes fall to 10-14 and 4-11, respectively.
Carrie DeMange added 12 kills for Duke and finished with nine digs and five blocks defensively. Sue Carls hit an impressive .600 with nine kills and zero attack errors. Ali Hausfeld kept on her average with 42 assists with six Blue Devils recording kills and Duke hitting .264 in the match.
Duke's 12 team blocks helped hold Miami to a .089 hitting percentage. Jourdan Norman assisted on six of Duke's blocks. Duke also served tough against Miami with 10 service aces with four players recording a pair of aces.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Florida State volleyball team swept Wake Forest 3-0 (31-29, 30-21, 30-25) to extend its ACC winning streak to six, four of which have been on the road. The Seminoles, who defeated the Demon Deacons at home 3-2 in September, improve their record to 12-11 overall and 9-6 in the conference.
"Three weeks ago I think people saw this team as down and out," head coach Todd Kress said. "That just shows the heart of this team that there is no quit in them, they just keep fighting back."
The last time Florida State won six straight matches was in 2001, Kress' first season at FSU, when the Seminoles defeated Wake Forest, Virginia, Maryland, Jacksonville, Clemson and Georgia Tech.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Chrissy DeMichelis hit .318 with 22 kills, four of which came in the final game, to lead Georgia Tech (16-9, 10-5 ACC) to a 3-2 (30-27, 26-30, 32-30, 31-33, 15-13) victory over Virginia Tech (12-13, 6-9 ACC) Friday night at Cassell Coliseum.
With Virginia Tech leading 9-8 in the final game, Tech capitalized on a service error and ball handling error by the Hokies to take a one-point lead before turning to DeMichelis, who posted kills for the next three Yellow Jacket points to help Tech to a 13-10 lead. The Jackets then closed out the match with back-to-back kills from Nikki Kaminskas and Talisa Kellogg for their third five-game win of 2007.
DeMichelis' 22 kills tied a career high while Kellogg and Ulrike Stegemann added 23 and 19 kills, respectively.
RALEIGH, N.C. - Maryland Senior outside hitter Beth Gillming (Cincinnati, Ohio) led all players with 16 kills and the Maryland Terrapins volleyball team picked up its first Atlantic Coast Conference road win of the season, sweeping the North Carolina State Wolfpack (30-27, 30-24, 30-15) in Raleigh, N.C. Friday evening at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Terps (15-9, 7-8) won a back-and-forth game No. 1 that saw both sides lead by as many as four points. The Wolfpack (3-22, 0-15) jumped out to an 11-7 lead, but the Terps rallied to tie the game at 13 with a 6-2 run. Maryland would stretch that lead to 28-24 late, before fighting off a late State run in the three-point win.
Gillming paced the Terps with six kills in the game and sophomore middle blocker Katie Usher (Vienna, Va.) added five. Together, they accounted for 11 of the team's 17 kills in the frame.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Christine Vaughen tallied 11 kills and hit an impressive .562 as the North Carolina volleyball team captured its second straight 3-0 victory Friday night in Carmichael Auditorium. The Tar Heels took the match 30-23, 30-14 and 30-26 over the visiting Boston College Eagles (11-14, 5-10 ACC) after claiming a 3-0 win over NC State earlier in the wekk. Carolina now improves to 11-13 overall and 7-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference play.
Carolina opened the match with an impressive 30-23 game one win on the back of a four-kill performance from both Christine Vaughen and Lauren Prussing. The Tar Heels trailed early as the visiting Eagles took a very early 7-6 advantage. Back-to-back blocks by the Tar Heels gave Carolina an 8-7 lead that it would not relinquish the rest of the way. Carolina held a three to four-point margin the majority of game to take a 1-0 lead.