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Oct 21, 2018

Seminoles Edge Clemson in Four Sets Sunday

Seminoles Edge Clemson in Four Sets Sunday

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Clemson volleyball team fell in four sets (26-24, 11-25, 17-25, 23-25) to Florida State in Tully Gym Sunday afternoon. Redshirt sophomore Brooke Bailey led the Tigers in kills – finishing with 17 – for the sixth straight match. Additionally, junior Emily Curtis made her second start of the season at libero and posted a match-high 17 digs. With the loss, Clemson falls to 11-12 on the year and 2-8 in ACC play, while the Seminoles improve to 13-7 overall and 9-1 in ACC matchups.

The match came its conclusion in the fourth set after an FSU kill halted an admirable Clemson comeback attempt. The Tigers rallied off seven straight points late in the set while the Seminoles had match point in their favor. Clemson head coach Michaela Franklin utilized her third and final challenge of the match, contesting the FSU attacker made contact with the net. The official upheld the original call, securing the victory for the Seminoles. Franklin won her other two challenges earlier in the first and second sets.

A Bailey kill on a pass from freshman setter Gabby Easton (40 assists) in set No. 1 gave the Tigers a 17-16 lead after trailing for the vast majority of the opening set. Clemson surrendered the lead once more late in the first, but won the last four consecutive points to take the set, 26-24, and a 1-0 lead. Bailey total eight of her 17 kills in the first.

“I appreciated how we fought back, especially to win that first set,” said Franklin after the match. “We played pretty flat in the second and third, but to be able to fight late in the fourth and start responding – I was proud of that.”

The Tigers could not find their rhythm in the second and third sets, falling 25-11 and 25-17, respectively.

Up next, Clemson returns to Jervey Gym for the first time since the Tigers’ sweep over Virginia Tech on Oct. 7. Clemson plays host to NC State Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., for the Tigers’ annual ‘Dig Pink’ match in conjunction with The Sideout Foundation. Clemson then squares off against North Carolina Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. Both upcoming contests are set to stream on ACC Network Extra.

“I think overall this was a really good weekend for us on the road – trying to become road warriors. We’ve been on the road a lot this season. We’re definitely looking forward to playing back-to-back weekends coming up in Tiger Town.”

Notes: Emily Curtis totaled a match-high and season-best 17 digs in her second start 2018 at libero this season … Freshman Crystal Childs made first career start for the Tiger … Childs becomes the seventh freshmen to start for Clemson this season … Childs tied her career high of nine kills, which she originally set in Clemson’s sweep over Davidson to win the Appalachian Invitational … Childs also posted a career-best nine digs against the Seminoles …  Brooke Bailey totaled eight kills on 13 attacks in the first to hit .462 … Bailey set a career-high 53 swings Sunday … Freshman middle blocker Ava Pritchard tied her season high of 4.0 blocks at FSU, also a team best … Pritchard registered her first career service ace on her first career serve in the second set against the Seminoles … Pritchard also aced the ‘Noles again in the third set.

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