Sept. 5, 2008
CEDAR FALLS, IA – Danielle Hepburn moved into second place on the Clemson career block assists list and the Tigers downed Marquette in three sets (25-10, 25-23, 25-17) at the UNI Invitational on Friday night. The senior from Miami, FL tallied seven total blocks and nine kills in the match, while Lia Proctor paced the Clemson offense with a team-high 13 kills.
The Tigers (3-1) will play a pair of matches on Saturday as they wrap up action at the McLeod Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. Clemson will take on Northern Illinois at 11:00 am (Eastern) before facing the host-Panthers in the tournament finale at 8:30 pm (Eastern). Live stats will be available for both contests at www.clemsontigers.com. . Hepburn’s six block assists gave her 434 for her career, surpassing Stephanie Schulz for sole possession of second place all-time. She trails Cindy Stern’s 448 for the school record.
Jeannette Abbott also posted double figures in kills with 10 as the team recorded a .300 hitting figure for the match. Defensively, Clemson recorded 12 team blocks to hold the Marquette offense to just a .088 hitting percentage.
The Tigers put away the Golden Eagles quickly in the first set, winning by a 25-10 margin in under 20 minutes. Kelsey Murphy tallied 11 set assists, guiding the team to a .571 hitting percentage. Thanks to a pair of five-point runs, Clemson took an early 11-3 advantage and allowed Marquette to score points sparingly the rest of the way. The Tigers scored six of the final seven points in the set on kills, including three by Proctor, two by Abbott and one by Hepburn. A Golden Eagle error accounted for Clemson’s 25th point.
Proctor then led the way with seven kills for the Tigers in a close 25-23 win in set two. With Abbott serving, Clemson scored seven straight points for what seemed to be a comfortable 12-5 lead. The margin stretched to eight points (16-8) before Marquette began to narrow the gap. A six-point run that started and ended with kills by Leslie Bielski tied the set at 20 apiece. However, a service error returned the serve to the Tigers, who then posted four straight. The Golden Eagles avoided set point three times before Hepburn sealed the win for Clemson with her fifth kill of the evening.
The third set played out in similar fashion to the second, with the Tigers gaining a large lead early only to have Marquette chip away at it. Hepburn tied Schulz for second place and then passed her during a seven-point rally that put Clemson on top, 9-3. Following a block by Katie Vancura and Rabbecka Gonyo, the Golden Eagles trailed by just one at 12-11. The Tigers regained control and went on to win the set by a 25-17 margin.
Bielski led Marquette (1-3) with 13 kills while Ashlee Fisher added 12 in the effort.
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