Volleyball ACCtion: Friday, September 7
Georgia Tech 3, Western Carolina 0
ATLANTA, Ga. - Talisa Kellogg posted a match-high 14 kills and the Yellow Jackets hit a season-high .431 as Georgia Tech (3-1) stopped Western Carolina (3-4), 3-0 (30-18, 30-17, 30-16) in the opening match of the 2007 Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic Friday morning at O'Keefe Gym.
Kellogg hit a season-high .500 in the match, recording 14 kills with no errors on 28 attack attempts. The Jackets had six players hit over .400, including Callie Miller (.625, 10-0-16), Nikki Kaminskas (.750, 3-0-4) and Ulrike Stegemann (.636, 8-1-11). As a team, the Jackets committed just nine attacking errors on 102 attempts. +Read More
ATLANTA, Ga. - Chrissy DeMichelis recorded a career-high 20 kills and Talisa Kellogg added her second double-double of the season as Georgia Tech (4-1) handed the University of Georgia volleyball team (8-1) its first loss of the season, 3-1 (29-31, 30-24, 30-28, 30-26), Friday night in the fourth match of the Regency Suites/Georgia Tech Classic.
With the win, the Jackets improved to 2-0 in the tournament, while the Bulldogs fell to 1-1. Georgia Tech will play its third tournament match Saturday morning, squaring off against Arizona at 11 a.m. at O'Keefe Gym.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Bridget Bomhack finished with 14 kills and 14 digs and Katie Gallagher recorded 41 assists in just three games as Miami swept Loyola Friday night, 3-0, on the first day of the Hurricane Invitational at the Knight Sports Complex.
Bomhack, playing against her sister Marcie, the head coach of Loyola, led all players in kills and recorded her third straight double-double.
"Bridget swung great tonight and really applied some things that we wanted to work on against this team," head coach Nicole Lantagne Welch said. "It was great to see her use that to score." +Read More
CLEMSON, S.C. - Jeannette Abbott posted 17 kills as the Clemson volleyball team recorded a 3-0 sweep (30-17, 30-22, 30-20) of Florida A&M at the Big Orange Bash on Friday night. The junior outside hitter extended her double-figure kill streak to 47 straight matches while also tallying three service aces against the Rattlers.
The victory improved the Tigers to 4-0 on the year, while Florida A&M fell to 0-1.
Saturday's tournament action will begin at 11:00 am as the Tigers take on Furman and will continue at 1:00 pm with Purdue and Florida A&M. Clemson and Purdue will then battle at 7:00 pm in the final match of the day. All three matches will be played at Jervey Gym and are free to general public. +Read More
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - After three straight five-game victories last weekend at the VCU Invitational, Maryland volleyball left no doubt about the result in Friday night's match against James Madison in the opening round of the Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational.
The Terps defeated the Dukes, 3-0, by scores of 30-27, 30-17 and 30-24.
Maryland (6-1) seemed in control and one only need look at the hitting percentages to see the story of this match. The Terps hit a respectable .275, while the Dukes barely stayed above water at .017. The Dukes (2-4) only had two more kills (27) than attack errors (25). +Read More
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team rebounded from a tough loss at the Panther Invitational earlier today with a 3-0 (30-24, 30-25, 30-25) win over Bradley Saturday evening.
Senior Jen Albrecht led the way with 12 kills, while junior Kristen Cunningham and Taylor Parrish each chipped in 11. Parrish also collected 11 digs for her second double-double of the day. Freshman Amy Wengrenovich hit a career-high .417, adding six kills on 12 attempts, with only one error. +Read More
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The North Carolina volleyball team found itself in a very familiar situation Friday night in Carmichael Auditorium with a 2-1 advantage after three games over visiting Villanova. The Tar Heels were unable to close out the match in four but bounced back in game five to claim the win and improve to 3-4 on the young season. UNC will take on Western Kentucky (noon) and American (7 p.m.) on Saturday.
The Tar Heels opened with an impressive game one win taking a 30-23 decision. Ashley Board began serving for Carolina in its first home match of the season and fueled the Tar Heels to a quick 5-0 lead. Villanova could never close the deficit as Carolina led by no less than five points throughout the entirety of the game, claiming the dominant 30-23 victory. The Tar Heels hit an incredible .452 in the game. +Read More
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Boston College volleyball team suffered a 3-0 sweep to the Michigan State Spartans in their first match of the Harvard Invitational. The Eagles bounced back and swept Wofford College, 3-0, to earn a split on the afternoon.
Against the Spartans, the Eagles lost 31-29, 30-18 and 30-25 in their first match of the day. BC struggled on the offensive side in the second game of the match. The Eagles managed only six kills out of 32 attempts, while Michigan State connected on 17 of 38 tries. +Read More
BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech women's volleyball team fell short in its attempt to force a fifth game against the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee Friday afternoon, falling 1-3 (30-28, 16-30, 26-30, 28-30) to the Panthers at the Panther Invitational.
Sophomore Taylor Parrish led the Hokies with her sixth double-double this season, knocking down 11 kills with 19 digs. Senior Jen Albrecht and freshman Felicia Willoughby also reached double-digits in kills, with 11 each. Sophomore Betsy Horowitz hit a career-high .625 on five kills in eight attempts, with no errors. +Read More
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest opened the Black & Gold Challenge with a four-game loss at the hands of No. 23-ranked Dayton on Friday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Flyers downed the Demon Deacons 30-26, 26-30, 30-21, 30-20.
Wake drops to 0-4 with the loss, while UD improves to 8-0 on the year.
Junior Jessica Furlong continued her hot start to the season, posting her third double-double. Furlong had team-highs of 18 kills and 14 digs to go along with five block assists. +Read More
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State dropped its first match of the Holiday Inn Brownstone Volleyball Challenge to East Carolina, 3-1, on Friday, Sept. 7, at Reynolds Coliseum on the NC State campus. State lost the first two games of the contest, eventually taking the third before the Pirates wrapped up play with a win in the fourth. The loss moves the Pack to 3-5 on the year, while ECU jumps to 4-5.
Lauren Zaniboni led the Pack's offense with 12 kills and Alex Smith pushed up 45 assists. Smith (13), Megan Rehmer (10) and Chrissy Zirpolo (10) all collected double-digit dig totals, and Jana Angel picked up four block assists. +Read More
LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 11 Duke volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (30-24, 30-20, 30-23) defeat at the hands of No. 1 Nebraska Friday evening in the opening round of the Nebraska Ameritas Players Challenge at NU Coliseum.
Duke (5-2) could not fend off the 2006 NCAA Champion Nebraska (5-0) which was led by the trio of Chris Houghtelling, Jordan Larson and Sarah Pavan. All three Huskers reached double-digit kills, while Larson racked up a match high 16 successful attacks along with 14 digs for a double-double. Nebraska maintained a .336 hitting percentage through the contest to finish with 55 total kills, the most Duke has allowed this season in three-game matches.+Read More
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Fourth year Sarah Kirkwood became Virginia's all-time kills leader Friday, but the volleyball team fell to Oklahoma 3-0 in the opener of the USD Invitational.
Kirkwood, who needed eight kills to set the record, finished with a match-high 15 kills. The Tampa, Fla., native moved ahead of Deanna Zwarich at the top of the list with 1,536 career kills.
The Sooners defeated Virginia 30-18, 30-25 and 30-23. The loss drops UVa's record to 4-3 this season while Oklahoma improves to 6-1. +Read More
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Coming off a disappointing loss to in-state rival Florida, the Florida State volleyball team suffered its second straight upset to a top-ten ranked team, falling to No.8 Washington 3-0 (17-30, 15-30, 28-30) on Sept. 7 at the Long Beach State Tournament.
Leading the Seminoles was sophomore Brianna Barry (Winter Springs, Fla.) who had 10 kills (.412 pct), four blocks and 12.5 points. +Read More