Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, November 23
Nov. 23, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The Terrapins picked a good day to play arguably its best volleyball of the season. Senior outside hitters Beth Gillming (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Jade Brown (Atlanta, Ga.)combined for 34 kills and their teammates backed them up, ousting the visiting Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in five games on Senior Day.
The Terps (18-13, 10-12) won by scores of 23-30, 30-25, 30-19, 29-31, 15-9 against a Yellow Jackets team that came in red hot, winning 11 of their previous 12 matches. Georgia Tech (22-10, 16-6) entered the match with hopes of making the NCAA Tournament. However, Maryland's victory might have ended those dreams.
Perhaps due to the emotional pre-game ceremonies for Gillming and Brown, the Terps started slow in game No. 1. The Yellow Jackets grabbed a 10-3 lead and held off a Terp rally that cut the lead to two to take the game.
Game two went back and forth most of the way. With the game tied at 22 apiece, however, the Terps embarked on a game-clinching 10-3 run, highlighted by three Brown kills.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Danielle Hepburn and the Clemson volleyball team concluded their 2007 regular season on Friday afternoon with a 3-0 (30-16, 30-24, 30-23) sweep at Boston College. The Tigers, 28-3 overall and 21-1 in the ACC, will now await their draw in the NCAA Tournament.
Clemson clinched the ACC title and an automatic bid on Wednesday with a victory over Maryland. The selection show will air at 8:00 pm on Sunday night on ESPNU, with first and second round action being held on campus sites next weekend.
"This was a good weekend for us, winning the ACC title outright on Wednesday night and being able to finish against a good defensive team in Boston College on the road today," Tiger Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover said.
Friday's win was Clemson's 20th sweep of the season and its 11th victory on the opponents' home court. The 11 road wins rank second in program history, while the 20 three-game victories tie for third-most all-time.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Senior Ali Hausfeld served up 49 assists to break Duke's single-season assist record and lead the 24th-ranked Blue Devil volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-23, 30-23, 30-28) win over Virginia Tech in their season finale Friday afternoon.
With 1,594 assists in 2007, Hausfeld, a 6-0 senior setter and a three-time AVCA All-America Honorable Mention selection, broke her previous record of 1,590 set during her sophomore campaign in 2005. Already Duke's all-time assists leader, Hausfeld now holds the first, second and fourth-best single-season assist marks in school history. The 2006 ACC Player of the Year currently ranks among the top-three in the nation in assists per game and recently became only the fifth player in the history of the ACC to top 6,000 career assists.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Seminole volleyball team wraps up the regular season with an impressive back-to-back sweep over NC State on Wednesday night and North Carolina this afternoon. The garnet and gold dominated the Tar Heels 3-0 (30-17, 30-23, 30-17) inside Tully Gymnasium on senior day. Florida State closes out the year with a 16-14 overall record and 13-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. That record moves FSU to finish fourth in the ACC.
"At one point this year our team was 6-11, 3-6 in the conference," head coach Todd Kress said. "They had just come off a heartbreaking loss at Boston College in five. There are a lot of teams that would have packed it in after a match like that and figured it just wasn't their year. But this team showed so much resilience, pride, determination and will that I'm more proud of this team down the stretch than any team I've ever coached."
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The University of Miami volleyball team closed out its 2007 season on a strong note, defeating N.C. State, 3-0, Friday on Senior Day at the Knight Sports Complex to end the season with two convincing wins at home after also shutting out North Carolina on Wednesday.
"I am pleased that the seniors were able to finish with a week like this," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "I thought we had two really good back-to-back performances."
Seniors Michelle Bruin and Ciara Michel each had big days in their final match at UM with Bruin recording 14 digs, her third-highest mark of the season, and Michel recording nine kills and three block assists.
"They both contributed significantly today," Lantagne Welch said. "They have done so much for us over the past four years and it's always hard to say goodbye. It has been a special time with them in the four years they have been a part of our program."
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The Virginia volleyball team (18-13, 13-9 ACC) ended the 2007 season with a 3-2 win over Wake Forest Friday at Memorial Gymnasium. The match was the final in Orange and Blue for UVa fourth-years Melissa Caldwell, Sarah Kirkwood, Katie Oakes and Taylor Russo. Game scores were 30-23, 35-30, 30-26, 25-30 and 15-12.
"They have definitely left their mark in the record book," head coach Melissa Aldrich Shelton said of the seniors. "Three of them have some of the highest accolades you can have but all four have been huge contributors to our success."
Kirkwood led the Cavalier offense with a match-best 28 kills in her final match. The All-American Lawn resident also tallied 21 digs in the winning effort. Classmate Katie Oakes finished with 16 kills, including the final one of the night to give Virginia match point. Oakes, also an All-America selection, also pitched in five blocks.