Nov. 5, 2002
ATLANTA, GA – The Clemson volleyball team dropped a hard-fought four game match to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in O’Keefe Gymnasium Tuesday night. Georgia Tech won the first two games 30-23 and 30-27 before Clemson claimed the third game 30-25. The Yellow Jackets closed the match out with a 30-26 game four win. The Tigers are 15-13 overall and 6-7 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech improves to 24-5 overall and 10-3 in league play.
The Tigers dropped game one 30-23 as the Yellow Jackets outhit Clemson .241 to .128. Leslie Finn and Ryane Beasley led the Tigers with four kills each while Meghan Stanton added three kills with a .750 hitting percentage. Stephanie Haskell recorded seven digs, and Stanton and Lindsey Abbott added five defensive saves each. Jessi Betcher dished out 11 assists for Clemson. For Georgia Tech, Lynette Moster and Laura Kuhn tallied five kills each, while Jayme Gergen recorded four kills with three blocks. Marisa Aston posted eight digs, while Kele Eveland had 12 assists with 6 digs.
Georgia Tech claimed a close game two, as the Yellow Jackets edged the Tigers 30-27. Clemson hit .279 as a team, while Georgia Tech recorded a .311 hitting percentage. Clemson took its first lead of the match at 20-19 after back-to-back kills by Lori Ashton, but could not hold onto that slim lead. Ashton led the Tigers with eight kills and a .545 hitting percentage, while Finn added four kills. Betcher passed out 14 assists with six digs and a block. Georgia Tech’s Alexandra Preiss posted seven kills with an ace, and three other Jackets tallied four kills each. Aston had a team-best seven digs, and Eveland handed out 19 assists.
In game three, the Tigers built a five-point lead at 25-20 behind three kills from Finn, then closed out the game at 30-25. As a team, Clemson hit .282 while holding Georgia Tech to a .122 hitting percentage. Finn led the Tigers with eight kills, five digs and a .533 hitting percentage, while Betcher handed out 13 assists. Four Tigers tallied a block each, and Abbott added four digs. For Georgia Tech, four players tallied three kills each, and Eveland recorded 11 assists. Aston had four digs, and Moster served up an ace.
The Yellow Jackets finished out the match with a .302 hitting percentage to win the game 30-26. The Tigers hit .255 as a team in the effort. Finn led Clemson with seven kills, and Ashton added six kills with two blocks. Betcher handed out 16 assists, and Haskell tallied a game-high seven digs for Clemson. Georgia Tech’s Moster had seven kills with nine digs, and Eveland tallied 15 assists.
For the match, Finn tied her career-high kills with 23, and had 13 digs with two blocks. Ryane Beasley added 12 kills with a .417 hitting percentage. Stephanie Haskell recorded a team-best 17 digs. Lindsey Abbott added 15 digs, and Marija Zoric tallied five blocks to lead Clemson at the net.
Georgia Tech’s Lynette Moster had 18 kills with 16 digs, and Alexandra Preiss recorded 17 kills, four blocks and a .484 hitting percentage. Laura Kuhn and Lauren Sauer added 13 kills each, and Kele Eveland had 56 assists with 14 digs. Marisa Aston posted a team-high 23 digs.
The Tigers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 as they travel to Tallahassee to take on Florida State in a 7:00 PM match.
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