Tiger down NC State in four sets Friday, Oct. 26.
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CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson redshirt sophomore Brooke Bailey tallied a career-high 20 kills to lead the Tigers to a 3-1 victory (25-22, 22-25, 25-16, 25-22) over NC State in Jervey Gym Friday evening. Bailey hit .366 on 41 attempts along with 4.0 blocks. With the win, the Tigers improved to 12-12 overall and 3-8 in ACC play, while NC State fell to 10-11 overall and 4-7 in conference matchups.
The Tigers used a 4-0 run in the middle of the first to tie the set, 17-17, before gaining a 19-17 lead, which prompted a Wolfpack timeout. A service ace by Torie Frederick (9 digs) gave Clemson the set, 25-22. Bailey recorded nine of her 20 kills in the opening set. The Wolfpack responded in set No. 2, despite Clemson jumping out to an early 6-1 lead. Coming out the break, the Tigers came out swinging, gaining a 15-8 lead. Clemson got a nice lift from freshman Adria Oliver, who registered six of her nine kills in the third. The Tigers fended off a late-set NC State comeback attempt after the Wolfpack posted four unanswered points to cut the Tiger lead to 24-22. A kill by Bailey sealed the set, 25-22, and match in front of the Jervey crowd.
“I’m just really proud of the way our team played together and fought as a unit, said head coach Michaela Franklin. “We went kind of flat there in the second set. I feel like we’ve typically been a slower team after the break, but we came back out and took care of business in the third. That was a huge step and a big growth moment for us. And then being able to close it out in the fourth set – there were just so many good moments for us as we’ve gone through the season and grown.”
Freshman Solei Thomas recorded 13 kills, while hitting .346 on 26 swings. ACC Freshman of the Week Gabby Easton dished out 43 assists and seven kills, four of which came in the fourth. Junior Emily Curtis, who made her third consecutive start at libero against NC State Friday, totaled 16 digs.
Up next, Clemson hosts North Carolina in Jervey Gym on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday’s contest against the Tar Heels is set to stream on ACC Network Extra.
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Photos by: Lawton Hilliard & Mary Alexander
When you have nine kills in a set 😏 pic.twitter.com/iz7uwMByrU— Clemson Volleyball (@ClemsonVB) October 27, 2018
When you have nine kills in a set 😏 pic.twitter.com/iz7uwMByrU
— Clemson Volleyball (@ClemsonVB) October 27, 2018
🔥📸’s from the first two sets!#ClemsonVB #ChampionshipBehavior pic.twitter.com/C3ek3cTg7G— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) October 27, 2018
🔥📸’s from the first two sets!#ClemsonVB #ChampionshipBehavior pic.twitter.com/C3ek3cTg7G
— Clemson Athletics (@ClemsonTigers) October 27, 2018
FINAL: Clemson 3, NC State 1Brooke Bailey records career-high 20 kills – her fourth straight match with at least 17 kills! CU Sunday at 1pm, #ClemsonFamily!#ClemsonVB🏐 #ChampionshipBehavior pic.twitter.com/EsEVBtAhVK— Clemson Volleyball (@ClemsonVB) October 27, 2018
FINAL: Clemson 3, NC State 1
Brooke Bailey records career-high 20 kills – her fourth straight match with at least 17 kills! CU Sunday at 1pm, #ClemsonFamily!#ClemsonVB🏐 #ChampionshipBehavior pic.twitter.com/EsEVBtAhVK