Volleyball ACCtion: Thursday, November 8
Nov. 8, 2007
Georgia Tech 3, Duke 1
ATLANTA, Ga. - Callie Miller notched a career-high 20 kills and Talisa Kellogg hit .455 while recording a match-high 21 kills to lead Georgia Tech past No. 14 Duke, 3-1 (30-24, 30-23, 27-30, 31-29) Thursday night at O'Keefe Gym. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 18-9 on the season and 12-5 in the ACC, while Duke fell to 20-5 and 15-2 in conference play.
The Yellow Jackets' win is Tech's 12th over a ranked opponent since Shymansky was named head coach in 2002, and extends the program's streak to six-consecutive years of recording at least one victory over a ranked team.
"Our team played with great poise tonight and stayed in control of the match from the first point to the last," head coach Bond Shymansky said. "It feels like every week we've had improvement, and we're certainly rising at the right time."
CLEMSON, S.C. - Junior Jeannette Abbott tallied 20 kills as the Clemson volleyball team (23-3, 16-1) cruised to a 3-0 victory over Wake Forest on Thursday night at Jervey Gym. The win sets up an ACC clash between the first-place Tigers and #14 Duke on Friday night, while it marked the most league wins in a single season for the Clemson program.
Abbott was one of three Tiger hitters to post double figures in kills, as Danielle Hepburn and Lia Proctor totaled 12 and 10, respectively. Setter Kelsey Murphy recorded 47 kills in the three-game match while guiding the Clemson offense to a .352 team hitting percentage.
Defensively, three Tiger players had at least 10 digs with Sue Eckman and Leslie Mansfield tallying 11 apiece.
"I was really pleased with how well we passed," Clemson Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover. "I think that was the key tonight because we were able to move the ball around quite a bit and involve the middle."
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Virginia volleyball team (16-10, 11-6 ACC) swept NC State 3-0 Thursday in Raleigh, N.C. Game scores were 30-22, 30-16 and 30-16. Rookie Kendahl Voelker tallied a match-high 11 kills while fourth year Sarah Kirkwood finished with 10 and third year Shannon Davis added nine.
Virginia swept the Wolfpack for the second time this season and has recorded seven sweeps on the season.
After coming away with a game one victory, the Cavaliers stepped it up in even more in game two, registering a .424 hitting percentage. Meanwhile, NC State had nine kills and 13 errors in game two for a -.089 percentage.
Kirkwood paced the Cavalier defense with a match-high 17 digs to finish with a double-double performance. Melissa Caldwell tallied 13 digs and A.J. Cushman finished with 10. Katie Oakes also added six blocks in the winning effort, including two solo blocks.