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Clemson Volleyball Records 700th Program Victory Friday Night at Miami

Oct. 2, 2009

MIAMI, FL – Clemson Volleyball overcame a 2-0 set deficit and a school-record 36 kills from Lane Carico to earn a five set victory (23-25,22-25,25-21,25-22,15-13) against the Miami Hurricanes (8-6, 1-3 ACC) in the James L. Knight Sports Complex in Coral Gables, Fla. Lia Proctor led the Tigers (11-4, 2-2 ACC) with 19 kills, while freshman Sandra Adeleye had a career-high 18 kills and seven blocks. The Tigers committed only 20 attack errors on the night and hit .260 on the night, while holding Miami to a .206 mark.

For the program, it was the 700th win all-time, making them the first ACC school to reach that benchmark.

The Tigers overcame an early 7-2 deficit in the fifth set to win the match, which saw 36 tie scores and 13 lead changes. The Tigers had 13.0 blocks on the night, fittingly clinching the match on an Adeleye and Jessica Williams block of Carico’s 83rd attack of the match. Kelsey Murphy had 56 assists and 17 digs, with nine assists coming in the final set.

In the first set, Miami came out and grabbed a quick 3-1 lead. However, Clemson responded with a 9-0 run to take a 10-3 lead, behind two blocks and three Miami errors. The Hurricanes responded with a 7-2 run to bring the Tiger lead down to 12-10. The Tigers looked like the might pull away, taking a 19-14 lead, but Lane Carico picked up eight kills in leading Miami on a 11-4 run to close out the set. The Tigers, who entered the match allowing 0.74 aces/set allowed four in the first set alone, as Miami took the first set 25-23.

The second set was extremely close throughout, with eight tied scores and four lead changes. Clemson held a 12-10 lead when Miami exploded with a 12-5 run that propelled them to the victory in the second set. Neither team was able to get much going offensively, with Miami hitting .120 and Clemson at a .093 mark. However, Miami was able to cash in on three consecutive Tiger errors to take a 22-17 lead. The Tigers made a late run to pull within 24-22 with a series of exciting rallies, but a block ended the set at 25-22 in favor or the `Canes.

Clemson found its offensive stride in the third set, recording 15 kills and only one error as they hit .452 in the 25-21 win. Alexa Rand had five kills in the set, and Adeleye had four and two blocks in the set.

The Tigers forced a fifth set with a 25-22 win. Murphy had 14 assists as Tiger attackers blasted the ball for 17 kills. Didem Ege led the defensive effort with eight digs in the set, and the Tigers withstood a 10-kill set from Carico, who was the Hurricanes’ main option all night.

The Tigers return to action on Sunday as they travel to Tallahassee for a 1:00pm match at #17 Florida State, who is coming off a five-set loss to Georgia Tech on Friday night.