Oct. 10, 2008
CLEMSON, SC – Clemson junior Lia Proctor recorded 10 kills in the third set of Friday night’s match to finish with a team-high 16 as the Tigers handed Wake Forest just its second conference loss of the season on Friday night. Clemson swept the Demon Deacons (25-19, 25-10, 25-22) to improve to 12-5 overall and 4-2 in the league. The Tigers will return to action on Saturday night as they play host to Duke at 6:00 pm. The match has been designated Fan Appreciation Night. Free food and prizes will be provided during the contest.
Proctor also tallied 10 digs and led the team with a .500 hitting percentage to aid a productive night for Clemson on both sides of the ball. The team recorded 40 kills while hitting at a .295 clip and posted 12 team blocks to hold Wake Forest to a meager. 073 hitting percentage. Danielle Hepburn and Didem Ege extended her streak to 30 for matches with at least 10 digs.
Clemson claimed the first set by a 25-19 margin but had led by 12 at set point. Wake Forest rallied for seven straight points that included five kills – three by Kadija Fornah – to extend the set. Jeannette Abbott put down a ball to finally score the Tigers’ 25th point. The kill was the senior’s fifth of the set to lead Clemson in the category. Proctor opened the frame with a pair of kills to set the tone of the match as the Tigers jumped out to a 7-1 lead. The Demon Deacons came within one point at 9-8, but with the score at 17-11, Clemson rattled off eight of the next nine points for the 24-12 advantage.
With six team blocks in the second set, the Tigers allowed the Deacs just seven kills and forced them to hit a negative .171 percentage. Meanwhile, setter Cansu Ozdemir’s serve, the Tigers then gained a 16-point advantage at 24-8. Wake Forest avoided a pair of set points with kills from Lauren McIntyre and Natalie Mullikin, but the late effort fell significantly short as the Demon Deacons’ 13th hitting error of the set scored Clemson’s 25th point.
Wake Forest came out of the break strong and with more success on the offensive end. The Deacs recorded six kills in their first eight points and held an early 8-6 advantage. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Tigers posted seven straight points on the service of Didem Ege to go ahead, 16-9. Wake Forest limited Clemson runs the rest of the way and narrowed the margin to just two at 23-21, but Proctor, who totaled 10 kills in the third set, recorded a pair of powerful ones to close out the set (25-22) for the Tigers.
Fornah led the Demon Deacons (13-5, 4-2 ACC) with nine kills while libero Megan Thornberry tallied 11 digs in the contest.
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