Nov. 6, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, MD – Clemson volleyball won its fourth consecutive match on Friday night, taking out Maryland, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 25-15). Lia Proctor had 12. The Tigers hit .326 in the match, using 11.0 blocks to hold the Terrapins (11-16, 3-11 ACC) to a .083 mark.
The Tigers will return to action on Sunday in Chestnut Hill, MA to take on the BC Eagles at noon.
Didem Ege had 17 digs, bringing her career digs mark to 2,183, only 18 shy of second place in ACC history.
Adeleye and Rand were big for the Tigers up front, with Adeleye registering six blocks and Rand five. The Tigers recorded six service aces on the evening, led by two from freshman Serenat Yaz, who is tied for the team lead with 23 on the season.
Clemson controlled the first set from the outset, jumping out to a 6-2 edge behind three Adeleye kills and a block from Proctor and Adeleye. Clemson extended the lead to 10-4 on two consecutive Maryland errors. The Terrapins fought to within three at 17-14, but a timeout by Hoover sent Clemosn on a 6-2 run behind three consecutive blocks from Cansu Ozdemir found the floor for the 25-18 set win. The Tigers hit .345 for the set, while holding Maryland to a .000 mark.
In the second set, the two teams traded points in the early going. With the score knotted at seven, Clemson embarked on an 18-7 run to close out the set in a one-sided manner. The Tigers had five blocks during the run, and all six Tigers had kills during the spurt. Clemson hit .444 with 15 kills and only three errors to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.
The Tigers again used a quick run out of the gate to take a firm 8-2 lead after a block from Adeleye and Proctor. They stretched the lead to nine at 20-11 after consecutive kills from Adeleye. Maryland scored three in a row, prompting another Hoover timeout, but it quickly spawned a 5-1 run to close out the match 25-15. Didem Ege pulled out a nice dig and laid out a perfect pass to Murphy, who found Proctor, who then hammered the ball into the right side of the floor for the match-clinching point.
The win was the 449th in Jolene Jordan Hoover’s career, and her 356th at Clemson. The Tigers will go for their fourth consecutive 20-win season on Sunday against Boston College. If they were to turn the feat, it would be the first time Hoover led a team to four consecutive 20-win seasons in her 17 years at Clemson. She has led the team to three consecutive 20-win seasons three separate times.
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