Nov. 22, 2002
ATLANTA, GA – The Clemson volleyball team dropped a 3-2 heartbreaker to Florida State in the 2002 ACC Volleyball Tournament. The Tigers won game one 31-29, then dropped the second and third games 30-23 and 30-28, respectively. Clemson rallied in game four, winning it 32-30, but the Seminoles edged the Tigers in game five, 17-15, to win the match. Clemson’s record stands at 17-14 overall, while Florida State improves to 19-11 on the season.
“Florida State did a nice job with five players in double-digit kills, whereas we only had three players with double-digit numbers,” said head coach Jolene Jordan Hoover. “They also had four players with double-digit digs, while we only had two. I am really proud of our team. We’ve had some tough battles this season that have come down to two points.”
As a team, the Tigers hit .029 to the Seminoles .293 hitting percentage. Florida State also had the defensive edge, tallying 68 digs to Clemson’s 65 digs, and 17.5 blocks to the Tigers’ 15 team blocks. Clemson served up four aces, while Florida State had five service aces.
Clemson was led by Ryane Beasley and Lori Ashton. Ashton hit .514 for the match with 23 kills and five blocks (two solo). Beasley added another 23 kills with a service ace and three blocks. Leslie Finn tallied 13 kills with six digs and four blocks, while Marija Zoric had seven kills with seven blocks. Jessi Betcher handed out 61 assists with 16 digs, and Lindsey Abbott recorded 13 defensive saves. Meghan Stanton also posted five blocks.
Erica Bunch led five Seminoles in double-figure kills with 28 kills, a .345 hitting percentage and 10 digs. Alex Sevillano added 22 kills with 18 digs, and Kristin Frye had 20 kills, a .424 hitting percentage, 10 digs and seven blocks. Aisha Carr tallied 11 kills with seven blocks (two solo), and Dawn Hough posted 10 kills, two service aces and 10 blocks (two solo). Jennifer Anderson handed out 87 assists with six digs and three blocks.
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