Maine ousts top-seeded Towson in volleyball

November 18, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Maine's volleyball team advanced to the championship match of the America East tournament yesterday thanks to a four-game upset of top-seeded Towson at the Towson Center.

The Black Bears downed the Tigers, 30-23, 18-30, 32-30, 30-25.

This was the first time that the No. 1 seed has not advanced to the championship match since a four-team, single-elimination conference championship was implemented in 1997.

The Black Bears were led by America East Player of the Year Leah Voss, who had 27 kills and 12 assists. Carmen Gabriel added 16 kills and 13 digs, and Cheryl Elliott had 48 assists and 10 digs for Maine.

The Black Bears' program, in its third year of existence, will be making its first appearance in the conference championship game.

Towson (28-4) had two players with double doubles: Sarah Miller had 14 kills and 14 digs, and Jordan Tomasek added 10 kills and 10 digs. Melanie Madden also collected 14 kills.

North Carolina 3, Maryland 0: After upsetting No. 3 Georgia Tech in five games on Friday night, the sixth-ranked Terrapins ran out of gas, falling to the second-seeded Tar Heels, 30-26, 30-25, 35-33, in the semifinals of the ACC championships at Florida State.

The Tar Heels advanced to play the host Seminoles today at 1 p.m.

Maryland junior outside hitter Carey Brennan had a match-high 19 kills to go along with 10 digs.

Cross country

Coppin State junior Nickie Peters placed sixth in the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) championships at Van Cortland Park in New York City.

Peters covered the five-mile course in 25:20, while Manhattan's Matt Spring won with a time of 25:04.

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