Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, November 16
Nov. 17, 2007
CLEMSON, S.C. - The 2007 Clemson volleyball team clinched an NCAA Tournament bid and at least a share of the ACC title on Friday night with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-19, 30-26) sweep of Florida State at Jervey Gym. The Tigers are now 19-1 in conference action with two matches left to play. A win in either of those contests - or a Duke loss - would give Clemson the crown outright. With a higher overall winning percentage and the head-to-head advantage over the Blue Devils, the Tigers earned the ACC's automatic bid and will be making their first appearance in the NCAA Championships since 1999.
"We are just so happy right now!" Clemson Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover said. "We beat Duke twice but we still have some work to do to try to get it on our own."
By securing no worse than a share, the 2007 squad is just the second Clemson team to be named the ACC Champion. The Tigers won the 1997 conference tournament for the distinction. Then in 1999, they ranked first in the league with a 15-1 record but fell in the tournament and were, therefore, not officially recognized as the champion.
The 2007 team also became the first Clemson athletic program to clinch an ACC title on the Clemson campus since the men's soccer team won the 2001 ACC Tournament held at its home venue of Historic Riggs Field.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - A block by Abigail Hasebroock followed by a service ace by Brittany Pierpont gave the Boston College volleyball team a 20-18 win in game-five and picked up a come-from-behind victory against the Virginia Tech Hokies, 3-2, Friday night at Power Gymnasium.
The score seesawed back and forth in game-five, with a total of 11 ties and four match point opportunities, three of which were for the Eagles. After Hasebroock gave the Eagles the 19-18 lead on one of her eight blocks on the evening, Pierpont delivered a powerful serve to the right side of the court that the Virginia Tech squad could not handle. The service ace earned the Eagles the victory, 20-18, and improved their home record to 10-2 at Power Gymnasium this season.
The come from behind victory marks the third time this season that BC trailed 2-0 at home and rallied to win the match, 3-2.
Virginia Tech edged the Eagles in game-one, 30-25, and game-two, 31-29. After intermission, BC evened the match winning game-three, 30-25 and game-four, 30-27.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Virginia volleyball team (17-11, 12-7 ACC) defeated Maryland Friday 3-1 at the Comcast Center Pavilion in College Park, Md. Fourth year libero Melissa Caldwell broke the 16 year-old career digs record against the Terps, finishing with a team-best 21 digs.
Needing 15 to break the mark, Caldwell did so on game point of the third contest. The Houston native, who replaced former Cavalier Anne Marie Hammers (1988-92) at the top of the list, now stands in first with 892 career digs.
"It's a huge honor and a great way to end my senior season," Caldwell said after the match. "I am so excited. It has been such a fun year. I am going to really miss being a part of this team."
"Melissa has had a great career here," said Virginia head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton. "For her to finish at the top of the digs record is a fitting way for her to end her career. She has been our starting libero for four years and we are going to miss her next year."
DURHAM, N.C. - Jourdan Norman connected on 10 kills and racked up a team-high six blocks to lead No. 24 Duke to a 3-0 (30-23, 30-20, 30-24) sweep over North Carolina Friday evening in Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the win, Duke sweeps North Carolina for the second straight season and picks up half a point in the Carlyle Cup standings.
Norman's 10 kills came on 12 errorless attacks for a career-high .833 hitting percentage. For the fifth time this season, the junior middle blocker did not commit a single attacking error while contributing at least five kills in a match. Norman ranks third in the ACC with a .404 hitting percentage on the season, while also ranking among the top-five in the conference with 140 blocks for a 1.36 blocks per game average.
Norman's efforts led Duke (21-6, 16-3 ACC) to a .295 hitting percentage with three players, including Norman, Sue Carls and senior setter Ali Hausfeld, turning in marks over .600. Carls turned in seven kills on 11 errorless attacks, while Hausfeld finished 6-of-8 attacking and picked up a double-double with 40 assists and 10 digs. Senior middle blocker Carrie DeMange also joined Hausfeld with a double-double of her own on 10 kills and 13 digs. Sophomore Rachael Moss also reached double figures with 12 kills.
ATLANTA - Nikki Kaminskas notched a career-high 15 kills, and Chrissy DeMichelis added a team-best 16 to guide Georgia Tech to a 3-1 (30-15, 30-17, 28-30, 30-18) win over Miami Friday night at O'Keefe Gym. The victory was the Jackets' 20th of the season, as they improved to 20-9 and 14-5 in the ACC, while Miami dropped to 12-17 and 6-14 in the league.
The win marks the fifth time that the Jackets have eclipsed 20 wins in a season under sixth-year head coach Bond Shymansky.
Kaminskas hit a match-best .700, with 15 kills and just one error on 20 attempts. She also added one solo block in addition to seven block assists against the Hurricanes. DeMichelis tallied 16 kills and four block assists on the night.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest earned its first win in more than a month with a three-game sweep of in-state rival NC State on Senior Night Friday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Demon Deacons cruised past the Wolfpack 30-18, 30-14, 30-22.
With the win, Wake Forest moves to 8-21 overall and 5-15 in the ACC. The victory also snaps the Deacons' 12-match losing streak. NC State, who has now lost 25 straight, drops to 3-26 overall and 0-19 in conference play.
Wake Forest honored senior Michael Faulkner in a pre-game ceremony. The Deacs' lone graduating senior, Faulkner finished the night with 14 digs and three aces.
Freshman Kelsey Jones turned in her 13th double-double of the season for the Deacs. Jones dished out 37 assists and recorded 14 digs. The setter also had four block assists in the match.