Nov. 11, 2006
RALEIGH, NC – The Clemson volleyball team posted its 17th victory of the 2006 season with a 3-0 victory over NC State on Saturday evening in Raleigh, NC. The win gave the Tigers a 17-8 overall record with a 12-5 mark against ACC opponents, while the Wolfpack remained winless in conference action at 0-18 and dropped them to 2-25 overall.
Jeannette Abbott tallied a team-high 14 kills in the match, while Meghan Steiner added 14 kills for Clemson.
The start of game one gave indication of a close match as the teams were tied at 7-7 and then again at 16 apiece. However, a six-point Tiger run on the service of Dawn Robertson put Clemson ahead by five. Kelsey Murphy then posted three more points for the Tigers to give them a 24-17 advantage. The Wolfpack then rallied for three points before Clemson was able to clinch the game by a 30-21 score.
The Tigers then opened the second game on a four-point run and extended the lead to 7-2 early in the frame. Clemson rallied again on Murphy’s serve to go ahead 13-8 before NC State posted four straight points of its own. The Tigers took back control of the game on the service of Sue Eckman for a 20-12 advantage. They then capitalized on Wolfpack errors to claim the game, 30-19.
Clemson scored the first four points of the third game as well but held a narrow two-point advantage at 12-10. Eckman was again reliable from the service line, as the Tigers went on a six-point run on her serve for a 17-10 lead. Clemson then extended its lead to eight points at 20-12. However, the Wolfpack put together two rallies to come back within two points at 23-21. A Steiner kill regained the momentum for the Tigers and was the start of a four-point rally that put them ahead 26-21. Clemson then claimed the game, 30-24, and the match on a solo block with Murphy.
The Tigers will have a short break before traveling to Atlanta, GA to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Tuesday. The match is slated for a 7:00 pm start.
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