Oct. 18, 2005
ATLANTA, GA – The Clemson volleyball team battled for three exciting games against Georgia Tech on Tuesday night, but the Tigers fell to the Yellow Jackets, 3-0 (30-20, 32-30, 34-32). The loss dropped Clemson to 9-8 overall and 4-5 in the ACC, while Georgia Tech improved its overall record to 11-7 and its mark in conference play to 7-2.
Laura DeMichelis lead the Yellow Jackets with 21 kills, hitting .444 for the night, while Talisa Kellogg added 17 kills. Clemson’s Brittany Ross had a team-high 16 kills and .367 hitting percentage.
Clemson kept the score tight for most of the first game, but Georgia Tech was able to close it out by scoring 12 of the last 15 points. The Tigers and Yellow Jackets traded points 13-16, but Georgia Tech pulled ahead, 25-17, on setter Lindsey Laband’s serve. The home team went on to win the game, 30-20.
In game two, Clemson fought the Yellow Jackets to the end, forcing Georgia Tech to score 32 points for the win. The Tigers were down, 27-23, late in the game but managed to tie the score at 28 apiece. Georgia Tech then scored its 29th point on a kill by Ulrike Stegemann and Ross downed a set from Leslie Mansfield to give Clemson its own 29th. The game saw its 12th tie at 30-30 before the Yellow Jackets scored the final two points to go up, 2-0, in the match.
The Tigers battled to erase a 19-11 deficit in the third and final game but were unable to come out on top. Georgia Tech led, 22-15, before Clemson closed the gap to 23-20. The Tigers then tied the game at 23-23 with two kills from Ross and one from Abbott. Georgia Tech then scored points 24-27 to regain the lead. The Yellow Jackets held a 28-26 advantage before Clemson scored three points to take its first lead of the game. Georgia Tech tied the score at 29 apiece and it was knotted moments later at 30-30. The Yellow Jackets went up 31-30 and then held a 32-31 advantage before closing out the game and match, 34-32.
The Tigers return to Jervey Gym on Friday, Oct. 21 when they will face the Virginia Cavaliers at 7:00 PM. Clemson will then host Virginia Tech on Saturday, Oct. 22 in a 5:30 PM match.
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