Nov. 18, 2006
CLEMSON, SC – Danielle Hepburn set the Clemson record for block assists in a single season on Saturday night, but the Tigers were unable to join her in celebration, falling 3-1 (30-23, 24-30, 30-20, 30-27) to Boston College at Jervey Gym.
Hepburn recorded three block assists, along with two solo blocks, which gave her 149 on the year and broke former All-American Cindy Stern’s mark of 148 from 1997. The sophomore from Miami, FL also led Clemson with 17 kills in the contest.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 18-10 overall with a 13-7 record in league play, while the Eagles improved to 11-18 on the year and 9-11 in ACC action.
Kelsey Johnson led the Boston College effort, recording 25 kills with a .321 hitting percentage. Shardai Davis added 16 kills on the night with a .400 hitting figure.
Boston College took the first game of the match, winning by a 30-23 margin. The Eagles limited Clemson to just two runs of over two points while utilizing a four-point rally to take a 21-14 lead. The Tigers were then only able to come within six of Boston College in the remained of the game, as the Eagles took the 1-0 lead in the match.
Clemson awoke in the second game as they opened the frame on a 10-0 run behind the service of Jeannette Abbott. The Tigers led by as many as 15 at 21-6. However, Boston College put together a seven-point rally of its own to narrow the gap to eight. The Eagles then added four additional points in between two Steiner kills to come within five at 24-19. Clemson then rallied for three straight points, as Hepburn posted two kills and a block assist with Lia Proctor. Boston College responded with a four-point run before the Tigers closed out the game, 30-24.
The two teams then battled in the third game before the Eagles used a 7-1 run to go ahead 25-18. Boston College then posted the final four points of the frame, winning 30-20, and took a 2-1 lead over Clemson.
Game four saw 12 tie scores and five lead changes between the Tigers and Eagles. Clemson held the first significant lead at 14-10 after two blocks assists by Hepburn and Leslie Mansfield. The Tigers were up, 21-20, when Boston College rallied for three straight points to regain the advantage. The teams were tied again at 27-27, but the Eagles prevailed as Johnson recorded two kills to seal their victory.
Clemson will be back in action on Wednesday night as the Tigers will play host to Virginia Tech. The teams will clash at 6:00 pm at Jervey Gym.
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