Nov. 2, 2004
Clemson volleyball survived a difficult third game to defeat Georgia State in four (30-25, 30-20, 28-30, 30-23) games on Tuesday in Jervey Gym. The Tigers improved to 17-10 overall with the win, while Georgia State fell to 11-16 on the season.
Leslie Finn overtook former All-American Cindy Stern for second place all-time in Clemson’s career kills list. The senior captain ended the match with 24, putting her now just 52 shy of tying Robin Kibben for first on the list.
Lori Ashton hit a match-high .615 on 18 kills against just two errors in 26 attempts. Ashton also tied a season-high with eight block assists. The Tigers managed 15.0 team blocks, which also tied a season high. Freshman Meg Steiner came up big for Clemson in that area with one solo and three block assists. Anna Vallinch had 23 digs for the Tigers.
Danielle Gonzalez hit .556 to lead the Lady Panthers, while setter April DeCoste handed out 47 assists. Defensively, libero Christen Garcia had 24 digs.
In the first game, Clemson trailed 21-20 before scoring six of the next seven points. From there, the Tigers were able to put the Lady Panthers away 30-25. Ashton had six block assists in game one alone. In the second game, Finn’s eight kills led the way and the Tigers got off to a 10-3 run to begin.
The third game was back and forth, with Clemson leading by as much as six early on. However, down 16-10, the Lady Panthers put together a run. Georgia State scored eight of the next nine points to claim a lead. Georgia State battled back from two more deficits, before finally scoring the last three points of the game. Clemson won the fourth game thanks to solid play from Steiner. She had four of her kills and three of her blocks in the clinching game.
The Tigers continue their homestand with two matches in Jervey Gym this upcoming weekend. Clemson and Wake Forest will play at 7:00 PM on Friday, while the Tigers and Blue Devils of Duke square off Saturday at 6:00 PM.
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