Volleyball ACCtion: Wednesday, November 21
Nov. 21, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Clemson volleyball team (27-3, 20-1 ACC) defeated Maryland (17-13, 9-12 ACC) on Wednesday night in College Park by a score of 3-0. With the win, the 25th-ranked Tigers clinched the 2007 ACC Championship, claiming the title for the first time since the 1999 season.
Sophomore setter Kelsey Murphy led the Tigers to a .396 team hitting percentage. The Clemson defense held the Terps to a .125 figure, forcing them to commit 23 errors in the match.
In all, Murphy recorded 42 assists in the match, while registering a career-high seven service aces, including four in a decisive 9-0 run in the third game.
Clemson jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 30-26 win in Game One. The Tigers went on 10-4 run to take the lead for good at 23-21 on consecutive kills by sophomore outside hitter Lia Proctor. Murphy added 20 assists in the game, and five different Tigers registered more than four kills.
CORAL GABLES, Fla.- The University of Miami volleyball team tied a school record with 14 total team blocks in a three-game match as the Hurricanes shutout North Carolina, 3-0, Wednesday afternoon at the Knight Sports Complex in the first of UM's final two matches this season.
"I thought we played a great match today," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch. "We really made some improvements on some things we've been working on with our blocking. We were able to shut them down at the net and that had huge impact on the outcome."
UM improved its record to 13-17 overall and 7-14 in Atlantic Coast Conference play while the Tar Heels fall to 15-15 on the season and 11-10 in league competition.
Miami out-blocked UNC, 14.0-to-9.0, tying the program's previous-high block total set in UM's 3-0 win over Wichita State, Aug. 31, 2002. Angelica Ellis had her best match of the season at the net defensively, recording two solo blocks and five block assists. Ciara Michel added five total blocks, Bridget Bomhack had four and Katie Gallagher and Maria Andersson each finished with three apiece.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Ulrike Stegemann hit .426 and notched a career-high 28 kills while Chrissy DeMichelis tallied 20 kills for the sixth time this season as Georgia Tech held off a late Boston College charge to win, 3-2 (30-20, 23-30, 30-28, 30-32, 16-14), Wednesday evening at Power Gym in Conte Forum. With the win, the Yellow Jackets improved to 22-9 on the season and 16-5 in the ACC. Boston College fell to 14-17 and 8-13 in the league.
With the fifth game tied at 14-14, DeMichelis pounded down her 20th kill of the match to give Tech the one-point lead before teaming with Nikki Kaminskas to block Abigail Hasebroock's attack attempt on match point to give the Jackets their seventh-consecutive win, and 11th in its last 12 matches.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Carrie DeMange knocked down 24 kills to become Duke's all-time kills leader while leading the 24th-ranked Blue Devils to a 3-1 (30-20, 26-30, 30-28, 30-24) win over Virginia Wednesday evening.
DeMange entered the match with 1,896 career kills and finished the evening 24-for-44 attacking to surpass the previous record of 1,915 kills held by Ashley Wacholder since 1994. With 560 kills on the season, DeMange leads the ACC with a 5.14 per game average and ranks among the top-15 in the nation in the same category. The 6-2 senior middle blocker also picked up three blocks and 11 digs for a double-double, her 21st of the season, to join sophomore outside hitter Rachael Moss, who also picked up a double-double with 18 kills and 11 digs. Senior setter Ali Hausfeld served up 57 assists while dumping eight kills on 15 attempts for a team-high .467 hitting percentage.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team used a balanced attack and a strong defense to complete the season sweep of Wake Forest Wednesday evening, by scores of 30-14, 30-26, 30-22. Sophomore Betsy Horowitz led the Hokies to a season-high .307 attack percentage, hitting a career-high .714, landing 10 kills on 14 attempts, with no errors.
Horowitz also contributed a personal-best nine blocks, while sophomore Taylor Parrish landed a match-high 16 kills. Freshmen Felicia Willoughby and Amy Wengrenovich knocked down 8 and 6 kills, respectively.
Defensively, senior Amanda Cloyd dug 14 attacks to become the first player in program history to collect 600 digs in a single season. Sophomore Michelle Lang also made a mark in Tech's single season record books, distributing 42 assists to move her season total to 1,385, good for fourth place.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - On the eve of Thanksgiving, the Florida State volleyball team tamed the Wolfpack of NC State with a 3-0 (30-18, 30-21, 30-22) sweep on Lucy McDaniel Court. The Seminoles improve to 12-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (15-14 overall), while NC State remains winless in the conference at 0-21 (3-28 for the season).
The Seminoles dominated the court in game one, averaging a .515 hitting percentage with 20 kills on 33 attempts. Junior Mira Djuric contributed six kills on seven attempts to lead FSU with a .714 attacking percentage. Brianna Barry had a solid five kills on seven attempts (.571) and tied with fellow sophomore Lauren Young in solo and assisted blocks with one apiece. Florida State allowed the Wolfpack a mere eight kills the garnet and gold took the first round, 30-18.