CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team (10-7, 1-4 ACC) dropped a three-set match to No. 9 Pittsburgh (15-2, 5-0 ACC) on Friday evening in Jervey Gym.
The Tigers came out in the first set swinging with senior Ani Clark picking up early kills for Clemson. The Tigers were able to string together some good scoring runs, led by Clark and junior Colleen Finney, that put the Tigers ahead 12-11 to force Pitt to take the first timeout. The Panthers pushed the envelope to take the lead, but the combo of Clark, Finney and freshman Mia McGrath kept Clemson in the battle before dropping the set, 25-21.
Pittsburgh took control of the match in the second set putting together some strong runs early in the match. Freshman Mia Moore got the Tigers back on the board with a kill and Camryn Hannah added another, but Clemson dropped the second set, 25-8. Clemson looked to respond in the third set as junior Cate Long added some scoring runs for the Tigers, but Clemson fell short in the third set, 25-18.
McGrath led the Tigers with seven kills, and Finney added six kills and a Clemson-high three blocks (one solo, two assisted). Senior Mckenna Slavik finished with a team-high 16 assists, while sophomore Devan Taylor clocked 12 digs.
The Tigers return to action on Sunday, Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. to host Virginia in Jervey Gym for the 2022 Camper Reunion match. The match will be available to stream on ACCNX.
Photos courtesy of Abbie Skeen, Clemson Athletics