Volleyball ACCtion: Saturday, November 17
Nov. 17, 2007
ATLANTA - Ulrike Stegemann hit .441 and notched a match-high 16 kills to lead Georgia Tech (21-9, 15-5 ACC) to a 3-1 (27-30, 30-25, 30-20, 30-27) victory over Florida State (14-14, 11-9 ACC) Saturday night in the Yellow Jackets' final home match of 2007.
The senior, one of three for the Yellow Jackets that were honored prior to the match, committed just one error on 34 attempts and posted four digs and four block assists on the night. Senior Nikki Kaminskas hit .467 and tallied eight kills and a career-high five service aces in addition to recording three block assists. Lindsey Gray, also in her fourth year at Georgia Tech, was key in helping the Jackets to their sixth-straight win, and 10th in the last 11 matches, with six digs and four kills on the night.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Senior Kelsey Johnson recorded 28 kills and 17 digs for her 15th double-double of the season, along with breaking the Boston College career kills record in a 3-2 victory against the Virginia Cavaliers Saturday night at Power Gymnasium.
Johnson broke Deanna Herman's kills record by tallying her eighth kill in game-one. Brittany Pierpont set up Johnson for a kill that the Cavaliers back row could not handle to help secure a game-one victory for BC, 30-26. Herman, a 1996 graduate, totaled 1,402 kills during her four-year career. Johnson now has 1,422 kills during her career with the Eagles.
The Eagles (14-16, 8-12 ACC) won game-one against Virginia (17-12, 12-8 ACC), 30-26. The Cavaliers bounced back to take game-two, 30-19. BC won game-three, 30-27, while Virginia took game-four, 30-27. BC won the match by holding off UVA in game-five, 15-12. The win improves the Eagles record to 11-2 at home this season.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland senior outside hitter Beth Gillming (Cincinnati, Ohio) set a new program record for career games played and the Terrapins celebrated the occasion with a convincing four-game (30-21, 28-30, 30-25, 30-25) victory against the visiting Virginia Tech Hokies Saturday evening at Comcast Pavilion.
Gillming entered Saturday's match having played in 776 career games, three behind former teammate Stephanie Smith, and a Virginia Tech (13-17, 7-13) victory in game two tied the match at one apiece and assured that a fourth game would be necessary, allowing Gillming to set the record.
"It's a great accomplishment," said Gillming after the match. "I'm really thankful for all my coaches and teammates. I never thought I would play in that many games, but I'm glad I did. I'm just proud to leave this program with that [record]."
DURHAM, N.C. - Carrie DeMange hammered 17 kills and picked up 14 digs to lead 24th-ranked Duke to a 3-0 (30-21, 30-19, 30-21) sweep over N.C. State Saturday evening in the team's home finale at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
With the win, Duke (22-6, 17-3 ACC) sweeps N.C. State (3-27, 0-20 ACC) for the seventh straight season.
DeMange recorded her third consecutive double-double while contributing a .467 hitting percentage on 30 attacks and just three errors. The senior middle blocker also added a pair of blocks and a service ace and moved to within 20 kills of claiming Duke's all-time kills record of 1,915, held by Ashley Wacholder since 1994. With 1,896 kills in her four-year career, DeMange is also on the verge of becoming the fourth player in conference history to surpass 1,900 kills.
Duke's four seniors left a lasting impression on their home crowd on "Senior Night," as each made significant contributions during all three games. In addition to DeMange's efforts, setter Ali Hausfeld tossed up 50 assists, marking the highest three-game total of the season for the 2006 ACC Player of the Year. Hausfeld currently ranks third in the nation with a 14.17 assist per game average and is on pace to shatter the school's single-season assists per game record of 13.82, set by Kristen Campbell in 1994.