Oct. 6, 2006
CHESTNUT HILL, MA – Clemson sophomore Danielle Hepburn recorded nine blocks and increased her ACC-best hitting percentage to .372 with nine kills, against no errors, leading the Tigers to a 3-0 victory over Boston College on Friday night. The win was Clemson’s fourth straight to better their overall record to 9-4 with a 4-1 ledger against conference opponents. The loss dropped the Eagles to 5-10 overall and 3-3 in the ACC.
Clemson posted 17 total team blocks in the three-game match, led by Hepburn’s nine. Leslie Mansfield contributed seven in the contest, while Meghan Steiner added six block assists. Jeannette Abbott held game-high kill honors with 12 and Didem Ege tallied 15 digs for the Tigers.
Kelsey Johnson led Boston College with eight kills while Allison Anderson tallied 18 defensive saves on the night.
The Tigers pulled ahead early in the first game, as they took an 11-3 lead on the service of Hepburn. Clemson then put together a four-point rally to further distance itself from the Eagles at 17-9. The Tigers held a 23-10 advantage before Boston College scored seven of the next 10 points to narrow the gap to six points. Clemson regained the serve on a Hepburn kill and notched its final three points of the game on Mansfield’s serve, including the junior’s 16th service ace of the season, to win the game 30-20.
The Tigers then posted six block assists and a solo block en route to a 30-14 victory in the second game. Hepburn and Mansfield each tallied two block assists, while freshman Lia Proctor recorded the block solo. Abbott combined with Anna Vallinch to serve 13 of Clemson’s points in the game, as the Tigers put together a five-point rally with each.
The score then remained tight for the first part of the third game as Boston College stayed in the game until the 14-13 mark. Clemson scored five straight points to go up, 19-13, and took control of the game. The Tigers increased their lead to 11 points on a Mansfield kill at 26-15 and then sealed their ninth win of the season on an Eagles’ attack error.
Clemson will take Saturday to travel to Maryland and will then face the Terrapins on Sunday at 1:00 pm in College Park, MD.
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