COLLEGE PARK - Maryland won its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball championship yesterday, defeating visiting North Carolina, 30-24, 30-24, 30-17.
Senior Sarah Treadwell was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player after putting together four outstanding performances, capped off by 14 kills and 10 digs against the Tar Heels.
Seniors Aimee Huddleston and Jennifer Dewalt were also named to the all-tournament team.
Huddleston set an ACC tournament record for assists with 228 in the four matches, including 42 against North Carolina. She added four kills and five blocks yesterday. Dewalt recorded 12 kills and four blocks.
Freshman libero Beth Gill- ming again led her team in digs with 24. She also set a tournament record with 87 digs overall.
Maryland (16-14) got off to a 13-8 lead early in the first game off strong blocking from Rachel Wagener.
The Terps, the tournament's No. 7 seed, earned their first lead in the second game on a kill by Treadwell that made the score 9-8.
MVP Treadwell had seven kills in the third game and Maryland hit .385 as a team to cruise to the victory.
Stephanie Smith had eight kills and nine blocks. Her four-day total of 32 blocks also was a tournament record.
Winning its fourth conference title overall, Maryland became the first team since North Carolina in 2000 and 2001 to repeat as ACC champion. The Terps earned an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament.