Volleyball ACCtion: Sunday, November 8
Nov. 8, 2009
FSU Survives Scare Versus Wake
The Seminoles (23-2, 14-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) are now at a staggering 11-straight ACC wins as they get closer and closer to achieving the first regular-season league title in school history.
Two days after a thrilling five-set win over visiting Duke, FSU needed just as many games to wipe out Wake Forest (9-17, 7-8). The Seminoles never could jump out to large leads in either of the first two sets and then in the third game saw the Demon Deacons come from behind to earn the win.
Duke Sweeps Miami 3-0 on the Road
Duke's season leader in hitting percentage, Gray hit .583 with just one attack error against the Hurricanes (15-10, 8-7 ACC). A 6-5 freshman middle blocker, Gray's team-leading seven blocks helped Duke (22-5, 12-3 ACC) surrender just 47 points to Miami, which is the fewest scored by an ACC team against the Blue Devils this season.
Setter Kellie Catanach led Duke to a .411 hitting percentage, dishing out 32 assists to reach 1,000 kills for the season. Catanach also took the offense into her own hands, connecting for six kills on 10 errorless attacks. She was one of seven Blue Devils to hit over .300 in the match, leading an effort that included a .429 (6-for-14) outing from Becci Burling, a .385 (7-for-13) day from Amanda Robertson, a .357 (11-for-28) showing from Rachael Moss and .312 (6-for-16) outing from Sophia Dunworth.
Seniors Rally Heels Past Hokies 3-2
Team captains Heather Brooks and Megan Owens each turned in big performances to lead Carolina. Owens notched a season-high 13 kills and eight digs en route to a match-high .444 hitting percentage. Brooks added seven blocks, including four in the final frame, to help the Tar Heels overcome the Hokies.
Freshman Emily McGee notched 17 kills, while seniors Branagan Fuller and Ingrid Hanson-Tuntland combined for 14 kills to supplement the Carolina attack. Cora Harms notched 44 assists and 19 digs route to her fourth straight double-double. Kaylie Gibson added 17 digs to pace the Carolina defense.
Georgia Tech Sweeps Maryland To Close Out Road Trip At 4-0
Freshman Monique Mead had 11 kills on .429 hitting while sophomore Bailey Hunter hit .500 en route to her 10 kills. Mead also added six digs. Senior Brittany Roderick hit .375 and chipped in with eight kills for the Jackets. Junior Mary Ashley Tippins paced the offense with 36 assists and also added five kills and four digs. Junior Jordan McCullers had a team-high 15 digs.
In the first set, Maryland led by as many as four points early before the Yellow Jackets came charging back. The Terrapins then led 11-8 when Georgia Tech went on a 6-1 run to take a two-point lead. Maryland tied the set up but then the Yellow Jackets reeled off 11 of the final 16 points to win the set going away, 25-20.
Tigers Down Eagles in Sunday Volleyball Action
Jolene Jordan Hoover earned her 450th overall career victory and her 357th as Clemson's head coach.
Lia Proctor had 19 kills and 11 digs for her 11th double-double, and hit .275, as the Tigers hit .326 as a team. Kelsey Murphy had 5-4 assists in the four-set match, averaging 13.5 assists per set for the match. Clemson recorded 11.0 team blocks, led by five from Adeleye and Murphy. Didem Ege had 18 digs lead the Tigers.
Virginia Completes Season Sweep of NC State
Virginia was led by freshman Rachel Gray who distributed 35 assists while knocking down five of six attempts, while committing no errors, for a personal-best .833 attack percentage. Gray was helped by sophomore Simone Asque, who tallied a match-high 11 kills, and junior Kendahl Voelker, who registered 10 kills.
Senior Brittani Rendina and junior AJ Cushman led the defensive efforts, collecting 15 and 12 digs, respectively. Junior Sydney Hill had a match-high four blocks to go with eight kills.