Courtesy of Notre Dame Athletics
NOTRE DAME, Ind.– The 23rd-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated Clemson in four sets (20-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-11) in Purcell Pavilion on Friday night. With the win, Notre Dame improved to 12-3 overall and 11-3 in ACC play, while the Tigers fell to 11-9 overall and 5-8 in league matchups. The Fighting Irish were led by Charley Niego, who had a double-double with 20 kills and 11 digs. Clemson was led by reigning ACC Freshman of the Week Camryn Hannah, who recorded her seventh double-double of the season with a match-high 22 kills and 11 digs, while hitting .340 on 50 total attacks. Defensively, Clemson libero Caitlyn Meeks posted 17 digs and successfully passed all 19 balls served her way.
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In the first, Clemson middle blocker Ava Pritchard put away three kills and added a block, while outside hitter Cate Long registered two aces early to help the Tigers lead 15-12 at the media timeout. The Fighting Irish battled back to lead Clemson 22-21 and forced a Clemson timeout, but a 4-1 run for the Tigers and a Mckenna Slavik ace gave Clemson the first, 25-23.
The Tigers carried their momentum into the second set, securing a 6-2 lead, but Notre Dame fought back to claim a 15-13 lead at the media timeout. A pair of Fighting Irish blocks and Aubrey Hamilton kills caused Clemson to call timeout while trailing, 17-20. Despite Hannah registering her 14th and 15th kills of the match late in the second, the Fighting Irish took set No. 2, 25-20.
Notre Dame posted eight kills on its first nine points of the third to spark its fast start, causing Clemson to take a timeout while it trailed, 9-3. The Tigers fell behind 18-10 before exhausting their final timeout of the set as the Fighting Irish went on to win the third, 25-13.
Notre Dame did not miss a beat heading into the fourth, leading the Tigers, 6-0. Clemson fought to get on the board and gather some momentum, but Notre Dame’s offense was clicking on all cylinders. The Fighting Irish took the set 25-11 and the match 3-1, after hitting .517 in set No. 4.
Up next, Clemson (11-9, 5-8 ACC) returns to action on Thursday to take on Pitt (13-4, 11-4) at 5 p.m. and Virginia Tech (6-7, 5-7) on Saturday at 5 p.m. in Jervey Gym for the final two matches of the season. Both matches are scheduled to air on ACCNX.
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