Nov. 7, 2000
CLEMSON, S.C. – The North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Clemson Tigers 3-2 (13-15, 12-15, 15-6, 15-9, 15-13) Tuesday evening at Jervey Gym. With the win, UNC improves to 23-6 overall and 13-2 in the ACC while Clemson falls to 12-16 overall and 5-9 in league play.
North Carolina went out to a 5-1 lead to start game one. The Tigers fought back and tied the score at 8-8 off a kill by Jodi Steffes. A service ace by Steffes gave Clemson its first lead of the match, 9-8. The lead changed hands for the rest of the game until Clemson won the game of a kill by Anne Berki who finished the match with 17 kills.
The Tigers and Tar Heels battled through the first points of the match until North Carolina took a 10-6 lead. Clemson chipped away at the lead, and tied the game at 12-12. Clemson won the next three points, capping off the game with a kill by Laura Jensen.
In game three, UNC took an early 3-0 lead and never relinquished control of the game. The closest Clemson would get in the third game was 5-9 as the Tar Heels won 15-6.
Clemson and UNC battled back and forth early in game four, with Clemson tying the game at 9-9. North Carolina went on to score six points to capture the game.
North Carolina went out to a 3-0 lead before Clemson fought back and tied the game at 3-3 in the decisive game. Once again, the Tar Heels took the lead 10-7 and once again Clemson tied the game at 10-10. Clemson took their first lead of the game, 13-10 before North Carolina scored five unanswered points to capture the match.
Freshman Kiki Dallao tallied 25 kills with 25 digs and a .345 hitting percentage to lead the Tigers. Jodi Steffes tallied 10 kills, 23 digs and a match-high five service aces.
Nicole Reis led all hitters with 34 kills and 15 digs while Laura Greene added 22 kills with 24 digs. Eve Rackham dished out a match-high 81 assists with 25 digs while Krista Buchholz recorded a match-high seven blocks.
Clemson hosts NC State and Florida State this weekend to wrap up their regular season schedule. The match against the Wolfpack is set for 7:00 p.m. on Friday while the match against the Seminoles is set for 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.
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