Nov. 1, 2003
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – The Clemson volleyball team fell to Virginia (30-26, 21-30, 24-30, 30-24, 15-8) on Saturday night in Memorial Gym. The Tigers fall to 15-13 on the season and 4-8 in conference play, while the Cavaliers improve to 21-7 overall and 5-7 in the ACC.
Virginia took game one by a score of 30-26. Leslie Finn led the Tigers with four kills, while Ryane Beasley added two kills and led the team in blocks with two. Lindsey Abbott tallied five digs and Stephanie Haskell recorded nine assists with one block in game one. The Cavaliers were led by Paige Davis with seven kills and a .538 hitting percentage. Whitney Ashcraft posted four digs, while Emjily Perilli and Emily Kirkwood tallied three each. Alexis Geocaris had two blocks and Kirkwood handed out 15 assists for Virginia.
Clemson evened the score of the match in game two, winning 30-21, behind Lori Ashton’s five kills and Beasley’s four kills. Abbott and Meghan Stanton recorded four digs each and Beckham served up three aces in game two. Haskell tallied 13 assists with three digs for the Tigers in game two. Virginia’s Paige Davis and Geocaris recorded five kills apiece. Ashcraft posted six digs, while Kirkwood added four digs with 10 assists in game two.
The Tigers won game three by a score of 30-21. Ashton led all hitters with seven kills and a .778 hitting percentage. Beckham recorded four kills with four digs, while Finn and Kristin Swanson added three kills each. Haskell dished out 16 assists with a team-best eight digs for Clemson. Davis paced Virginia with six kills, while Perilli tallied four kills with three digs. Ashcraft posted seven digs and Kirkwood recorded 14 assists with two digs in game three for the Cavaliers.
Virginia rebounded in game four, winning by a score of 30-24. Ashton paced Clemson with seven kills and a .462 hitting percentage, while Beckham tallied four kills with six digs in game four. Haskell led the team in digs with eight with 15 assists. Davis and Lindsay Osco recorded six kills apiece for the Cavaliers, while Geocaris added five kills. Osco tallied eight digs and Shannon Boyle led Virginia in blocks with three in game four.
Virginia clinched the match, winning game five 15-8. Clemson was led by Finn and Ashton with three kills each. Finn tallied four digs, while Abbott posted three digs. Haskell handed out seven assists with two digs. Davis led Virginia with three kills and a .500 hitting percentage. Ashcraft recorded seven digs and Geocaris posted two blocks in game five. Kirkwood dished out eight assists with one block for the Cavaliers.
Individually for the Tigers, Ashton led the team with 24 kills and a .595 hitting percentage. Beckham added a double-double with 15 kills and 12 digs, while Finn posted 15 kills with 17 digs. Beasley led Clemson at the net with five blocks (two solo). Abbott tallied 19 defensive saves, while Haskell dished out 60 assists with a team-best 22 digs for Clemson.
Virginia was paced by Davis with a team-best 27 kills and a .417 hitting percentage, while Geocaris tallied 17 kills with seven blocks. Ashcraft led the Cavaliers in defensive saves with 25, while Osco recorded 16 digs. Kirkwood handed out 63 assists with 14 digs for Virginia.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday as they play host to Wake Forest in Jervey Gym. The first serve is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
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