Oct. 7, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Tiger volleyball team continued it success in league play on Sunday with a 3-0 (30-23, 30-28, 30-27) victory over Florida State in Tallahassee, FL. With the win, Clemson improved to 6-0 against ACC foes and set the school record for the best start to the conference season. Overall, the Tigers now boast a 13-2 ledger and have swept their last four opponents.
“I was really impressed with how we played today,” Clemson Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover said. “Florida State is a strong offensive team, so I was proud of how we held our composure.”
After winning the first two games, the Tigers trailed 16-9 in the third frame, prompting Hoover to enter rookie Meghan Hinemeyer into the game. She responded to the challenge with a kill that returned the serve to Clemson. Sue Eckman then held her serve as the Tigers rattled off seven straight points to take the one-point advantage.
“Sue did a great job keeping us in that rotation,” Hoover said. “That run was the key to winning the game for us.”
Clemson extended the lead to three at 23-20 before the teams traded points and were knotted at 27 apiece. Meghan Steiner posted just her second kill of the day for the Tigers’ 28th point and a Seminole error put Clemson on top, 29-27. Jeannette Abbott then sealed the victory with her 19th kill.
Abbott’s 19 kills led all hitters, while she also hit a .385 percentage. Danielle Hepburn added 10 kills for Clemson with a .421 hitting average and also tallied five block assists in the contest. Kelsey Murphy guided the Tiger offense to a .343 team hitting percentage while recording 35 set assists against Florida State.
Mira Djuric led the Seminoles with 14 kills and hit .500 in the match.
Clemson held the advantage for the entire first game, winning by a 30-23 margin. Hepburn and Lia Proctor each had four kills in the frame for Clemson, as the Tigers recorded a .310 hitting percentage and held Florida State to just a .175 figure.
The second game then saw 11 tie scores and three lead changes. The teams were knotted at 18-18 before Clemson posted three straight points for the lead. The Seminoles caught up at 23 on a Makini Thomson kill. However, Hoover called a timeout to regroup her squad and the Tigers held the lead for the rest of the game, clinching the 2-0 advantage in the match on an Abbott kill.
Clemson will return to action on Friday, Oct. 12 as they remain on the road against Wake Forest. The Tigers will then travel to Duke on Oct. 13.
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