College of Charleston 3, North Carolina
College of Charleston 3, North Carolina 1Dec. 2, 2005
Senior libero Taylor Rayfield broke the NCAA Tournament record for single-match digs with 53 and junior middle Amy Beaver had a match-high 22 kills, but the University of North Carolina volleyball team fell to the College of Charleston, 30-28, 23-30, 30-16, 31-29, Saturday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Dean E. Smith Center. Amanda Timmers led the Cougars with 18 kills, while Marie Dobrenz added 47 digs.
Carolina (23-10) opened game one with a spirited 6-0 run, but CofC (32-1) quickly responded with five straight to close the gap to one. The Tar Heels would push the lead back to five at 15-10 before the Cougars would tighten things up for good. The visitors finally tie the score at 22-all in the midst of a 5-1 run that saw them take a 25-23 lead and force a Carolina timeout. A pair of Charleston errors and a Beaver kill would give UNC a 27-26, but the Tar Heels could not capitalize. CofC reclaimed the lead at 29-28, and Tiffany Blum put down her eighth kill of the game to give the Cougars a 30-28 win.
Game two was tight early before a 6-0 Carolina gave the Tar Heels a comfortable working margin. The Cougars would get as close at three at 13-10 but never threatened again. The Tar Heels led by as many as 10 at 24-14 en route to a 30-23 win. UNC hit .321 for the frame, led by a game-high nine kills from senior outside hitter Camilla Ihenetu. Beaver added eight kills on just 11 swings.
The Cougars opened game three with a 9-2 run cruised to a 30-16 win. After a 3-0 run cut the deficit to four, Carolina was able to string together consecutive points only three times the rest of the way. Charleston out-hit UNC .289-.037, had 5.5 blocks to none for Carolina and committed just one error.
Game four was a tight, back-and-forth affair and was not decided until the end of a marathon match point. Charleston made the first move with a 5-0 run at 17-15 to take a 20-17 lead. Carolina fought back to a tie on a Cougar hitting error that made it 27-all. After a pair of sideouts, CofC got its first shot a match point, but senior outside hitter and ACC Player of the Year Dani Nyenhuis evened the score at 29-all. Another Charleston sideout followed, and the Tar Heels were unable to fight off a second match point. Rebecca Wieters finally ended a point that was extended numerous times by incredible plays on both sides of the net to give the Cougars their 24th-straight victory and first-ever NCAA Tournament win.
Carolina's season ends at 23-10, while Charleston advances to play Purdue at 6 p.m. Saturday night.
-- Courtesy UNC