Sept. 29, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – The Tiger volleyball recorded a season-high 77 kills en route to a 3-1 victory over Miami on Friday night at Jervey Gym. Outside hitter Jeannette Abbott tallied 28 of Clemson’s kills, setting a career high for the sophomore from Downers Grove, IL, and fellow sophomore Danielle Hepburn tied her career best with 18 kills.
Meghan Steiner and Lia Proctor also recorded double-digit kills totals for the Tigers with 12 and 11, respectively, while setter Kelsey Murphy tallied 57 assists in the match.
The win improved Clemson’s overall record to 7-4 with a 2-1 mark in the ACC, while the Hurricanes fell to 4-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
Ciara Michel led the Miami attack with 22 kills on a .545 hitting percentage.
The Tigers forced the Hurricanes to score 40 points to claim the first game after holding an early 10-6 advantage. Miami tied the score at 18 apiece and then took a two-point lead. Clemson caught up at 23-23 and went back ahead 28-25. The Hurricanes scored the next four points for their first game-point opportunity. They were then able to avoid five Tiger game-points as Michel tallied four kills during the stretch. Miami scored its final two points on a kill by Genevieve Mayhew and a Clemson error.
In game two, the Tigers and Hurricanes fought a close battled until Clemson took a six-point lead at 20-14. The Tigers maintained their advantage to claim the game by a 30-24 score with Abbott posting four of Clemson’s final six points on kills.
The Tigers went ahead 2-1 in the match with a 30-23 victory in game three. Clemson recorded a .455 hitting percentage in the game, as four players totaled marks at .500 or better. Abbott tallied six of her 28 kills in the game, while Hepburn added five.
With an early 7-3 lead that extended to 10-6 on three plays by Abbott, the Tigers controlled the fourth game. Clemson went on to claim the game by a score of 30-20 and post its seventh victory of the season.
The Tigers will be back in action on Saturday as Clemson will play host to Florida State. The two teams are scheduled to begin play at 4:00 pm at Jervey Gym.
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