Nov. 15, 2005
CLEMSON, SC – Tiger outside hitter Brittany Ross tied the school record for kills in a match as she recorded 32 in Clemson’s 3-2 loss to Georgia Tech on Tuesday night. She was the first Clemson volleyball player since 1996 to post 32 kills in a match and just the third in history. Ross also had a .324 hitting percentage on the night. The Tigers won the first and third games but were unable to close out the match. They fall to 11-15 overall and 6-12 in the ACC, while the Yellow Jackets improved to 15-12 overall with an 11-7 mark in conference play.
Jeannette Abbott and Danielle Hepburn also had double-figure kill totals for Clemson, posting 18 and 15, respectively, while Hepburn hit .464 for the night. Georgia Tech was led by Talisa Kellogg with 30 kills in the match, and Laura DeMichelis added 18 in the effort.
The Tigers edged the Yellow Jackets in game one by a score of 30-28. The score was tied on 10 occasions during the period. Clemson took a convincing lead at 28-24, but Georgia Tech came within one point at 29-28. The Tigers closed out the game on a kill by Courtney Lawrence.
In game two, the Yellow Jackets responded by taking a lead that they would not relinquish at 11-10. Georgia Tech went on to hold five-point advantages six times and claimed the game, 30-22.
Clemson won an exciting third game, 32-30, to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Tigers trailed 20-17 and the Yellow Jackets continued to hold the advantage until Clemson tied the game at 27 apiece. Georgia Tech scored the next two points to reclaim the lead before the Tigers notched their own 28th and 29th points to tie the score. The Yellow Jackets scored their 30th point first, but Clemson won the next three points for the game three victory.
The Yellow Jackets then forced a fifth game with a 30-22 victory in game four. Game five was a hard-fought, close game that saw nine ties and four lead changes, with Georgia Tech coming out on top to post the victory. The Yellow Jackets held a 13-11 advantage and then led 14-13 before the Tigers tied the score a 14-14. Georgia Tech scored the final two points of the match, winning the game 16-14.
The Tigers will be on the road for the final two weekends of the regular season. Clemson will face Maryland on Friday, Nov. 18 in College Park, MD for a 5:00 PM match and will then travel to Boston to take on the Eagles on Saturday at 7:00 PM.
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