CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team (10-6, 1-3 ACC) defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies (10-5, 0-4 ACC) in five sets (25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 23-25, 14-10) for its 900th win in the program’s 46th year of competition. Eight different Tigers recorded kills with freshman Kennedy Wagner and junior Aźyah Dailey leading all scorers with 14 kills each. Graduate Adria Powell put on a clinic with seven blocks, eight kills and four service aces on the day for 16 points.
Through the first set, six different Tigers tallied kills with Dailey leading the way with five of her own. Powell clocked three blocks in the first set alone with one solo and two assisted by Dailey and Wagner. Clemson went on three separate 3-0 scoring runs and closed out the set on a 4-0 run. Freshman Kate Simington recorded back-to-back kills to propel the Tigers to the set win as the Tigers hit .387 to set the tone.
The Hokies turned up the pressure in the second, as they took the set to even play. Clemson saw major kills by Katie Hurta, Wagner, and Dailey down the stretch, and Slavik added to her six kill total as she caught the Hokie defense off balance. In the third, the Tigers took a quick 4-1 lead which was spearheaded by kills from Simington and Devan Taylor. Clemson held the lead for the duration of the third set as Hurta recorded two solo blocks and three kills to take the 2-1 advantage heading to the fourth.
The Tigers and Hokies were neck-and-neck in the fourth set, but the Hokies came out on top just narrowly at 25-23. Powell clocked her third and fourth aces and an additional block assist to spearhead Clemson. In the final set, Clemson’s defense kept Virginia Tech to 11 points as seven different Tigers recorded kills to secure the win.
Clemson ended the match with 12 blocks, with six coming from the assistantship of Powell. Slavik finished with a team-high 52 assists, which ties her career high for the seventh time, and 11 digs to finish with seventh double-double of the season.
Clemson hits the road next weekend traveling to Virginia and Pittsburgh to continue ACC action. The Tigers face Virginia on Friday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., before concluding next week at Pitt on Sunday at 1 p.m. Both matches are available to watch on ACCNX.