HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- The University of Maryland defeated defending champion North Carolina, 15-11, 15-6, 12-15, 16-14, for the Atlantic Coast Conference women's volleyball title yesterday.
The Terrapins (22-11) advance to the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament, which will begin Nov. 28.
Maryland seemed on the verge of a sweep until North Carolina (14-18) staged a rally. The Terps captured their first league volleyball title in the fourth game, when Andi Oakes tipped a Tar Heels kill attempt over the net for a winner.
"After the third game, I thought this could go any way," Maryland coach Janice Kruger said. "But, in the fourth game, Colleen [Hurley] came in and decided we weren't going to lose. She helped us focus, and that was the key."
Hurley, named the tournament Most Valuable Player and the Mikasa ACC Player of the Year, had 20 kills in the final. Hurley and Oakes also were named to the All-ACC first team. Kruger was named Coach of the Year.