Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, November 13
Nov. 14, 2009
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The 15th-ranked Florida State volleyball team started its daunting weekend road trip with a 3-1 victory (21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-19) over Clemson in South Carolina Friday night.
Despite dropping a first set for just the fifth time all season, the Seminoles (24-2, 15-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) earned their school-record 12th-straight conference win by bouncing back and taking three sets in a row at Jervey Gymnasium.
Florida State was able to shake off a sluggish first set in which the team didn't hit well and defeated the Tigers (20-8, 10-6) by correcting that problem in sets two, three and four. As a team, FSU hit .325 for the entire match.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Freshman Remy McBain recorded a double-double, setting career highs in assists and digs to spearhead a 3-1 victory for the University of Maryland volleyball team Friday evening at Comcast Pavilion, 25-19, 8-25, 25-17 and 25-14.
McBain made plays all over the court, recording 12 digs on defense and expertly distributing the ball to her attackers with 33 assists. For good measure, McBain added four kills on .364 hitting.
The Terrapins (12-17, 4-12 ACC) were efficient on offense in the opening set, as McBain delivered 10 of her assists and the team hit .345. Senior Katie Usher was dominant in the frame, recording five of her eight kills on .833 hitting.
Atlanta, Ga. - Junior middle blocker Lici McGee posted a career-high 15 kills and 13 blocks Friday night in helping lead the University of Miami past Georgia Tech, 3-2 (20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20, 16-14), in ACC volleyball action at O'Keefe Gym in Atlanta.
Given the history between these two teams, nothing less than the third consecutive five-set thriller between them would have been expected from the fans in attendance Friday evening.
Having dropped the first two sets with mirror 25-20 scores, Miami (16-10, 9-7 ACC) needed offense from a variety of people in order to try and avoid suffering its second consecutive sweep, having fallen to Duke last Sunday in Coral Gables.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Rachael Moss delivered her team-leading 10th double-double of the season with 15 kills and 20 digs to lead Duke past Virginia Tech 3-1 (25-20, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21) Friday evening at Cassell Coliseum.
Moss hit .293 in the match and made just three errors on her team-high 41 attacks. She had six kills in each of the first two sets and all 20 of her digs in the first three games. Along with 18 digs from libero Claire Smalzer, Duke's defensive play forced Virginia Tech (17-10, 7-9 ACC) to hit just .135 for the match.
Moss was one of two Blue Devils with double-digit kills, joining junior middle blocker Becci Burling, who finished with a team-high 17 on a .297 clip. Burling put away seven of those kills in game four to seal the win. She also had three of Duke's 12 blocks.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia volleyball team won an exciting four-set match over Wake Forest in Memorial Gymnasium on Friday evening by scores of 25-16, 21-25, 26-24 and 25-17.
Sophomore Simone Asque notched her fourth 20-kill match in the past seven contests, leading the team with a match-high 24. The outside hitter also collected 11 digs to register her fifth double-double this season.
Junior Kendahl Voelker helped the attack, tallying 14 kills in 24 swings, while committing just one error, for a season-best .542 attack percentage. Freshman Rachel Gray dished out a match-high 49 assists.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Boston College volleyball team grabbed a 3-0 victory over NC State on Friday night in the Power Gymnasium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. The Eagles moved to 12-15 on the year while NC State fell to 7-24
Looking to jump past the Wolfpack early on, the Eagles came out of the first set strong and took a 13-10 lead over NC State before the visitors called a timeout to try and stop BC. The Eagles continued to put pressure on their opponents and although the Wolfpack managed to tie the set at 22-22, BC was able to rally and take the first frame 25-23.
NC State came into the second set with a strong showing, moving ahead 9-12 over the Eagles and making a run at taking the second frame. Not willing to budge, BC came charging back into the match off of 19 kills and a .457 hitting percentage. BC took the lead for good with a 25-18 win.