CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team came out swinging against No. 3 Pittsburgh but weren’t able to keep the momentum in its favor dropping the match in three sets (18-25, 19-25, 12-25). At the conclusion of the match, the team honored Crystal Childs, Kaylee Martin and Ava Pritchard on Senior Day for their dedication to the program in front of the 773 fans, the largest home crowd this season.
With the loss, Clemson falls to 12-16 overall and 3-13 in ACC play, while Pittsburgh improves to 26-2 (15-2 ACC).
The Tigers started the match hitting .379 in the first set but weren’t able to maintain that pace through the second and third sets. Martin led the charge for Clemson hitting .421 with nine kills off 19 attacks. Sophomore Camryn Hannah followed with eight kills contributing to multiple runs Clemson was able to string together in the first and second sets. During one of the runs, Cate Long picked up the lone ace for the Tigers to bring her season-total to 25.
On the defensive end, Pritchard, Colleen Finney and Ani Clark each finished with two blocks apiece to lead the Tigers. Sophomore Anna Renwick tallied a team-high 10 digs while Mckenna Slavik added six.
Pittsburgh was led offensively by Chinaza Ndee and Leketor Member-Meneh, who each finished with 10 kills and 11 points. The Panthers hit .412 on the match and finished with five blocks.
Clemson hits the road next week for the final two matches of the 2021 regular season. Action begins on Wednesday, Nov. 24 at Georgia Tech at 2 p.m., with the final road match of the season at North Carolina State on Saturday, Nov. 27 at 1 p.m.