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Tigers Down Eagles in Sunday Volleyball Action

Nov. 8, 2009

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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Clemson volleyball defeated Boston College 3-1 on Sunday afternoon to earn their 20th win of the season and tenth ACC win. Freshman Sandra Adeleye had a career-high 23 kills and hit .564. Clemson is now 20-9 and 10-5 in the ACC, while BC falls to 11-15 and 1-14 in conference play. Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 26-28, and 25-10.

Jolene Jordan Hoover earned her 450th overall career victory and her 357th as Clemson’s head coach. Didem Ege moved into second in ACC history in career digs with 18 in Sunday’s match. She now has 2,202, and needs just 36 more to tie the all-time league mark with five matches remaining. 

Clemson has now won five consecutive matches, the last four of which have been on the road. 

Lia Proctor had 19 kills and 11 digs for her 11th double-double, and hit .275, as the Tigers hit .326 as a team. Kelsey Murphy had 54 assists in the four-set match, averaging 13.5 assists per set for the match. Clemson recorded 11.0 team blocks, led by each five from Adeleye and Murphy. 

The Tigers got off to a sluggish start, spotting BC a 5-2 lead in the early going. Clemson responded with three straight points to tie the score at five. The teams traded blows, and BC eventually fought to a 15-13 lead. A Sandra Adeleye kill brought the serve back to the orange side, and Natalie Patzin rallied the Tigers for five straight points behind two kills from Proctor, taking a 19-15 lead. The Tigers maintained the edge for the rest of the set, taking a 1-0 match lead, 25-19.

In the second set, Clemson ran out to a 7-2 lead behind four Adeleye kills, but the Eagles fought back to within one at 12-11, prompting a Hoover timeout. It turned out to be exactly what the Tigers needed, siding out and going on an 11-1 run to take a 22-12 advantage. Murphy set up Patzin and Proctor on consecutive plays to give bring the score to 24-14, and Patzin registered her third service ace of the match to win the set, 25-14. For the set, the Tigers had 17 kills with only one attack error and hit .390, as Murphy had 15 assists.

In the third set, the Tigers opened a quick 8-5 lead before the Eagles fought back to take a 12-11 lead. Clemson re-took the lead at 15-13, but BC again answered with a 3-0 lead to take a 16-15 edge. However, Clemson hit back with a 5-1 run to take a 20-17 run, forcing an Eagles’ timeout. BC responded with a 3-0 run of their own, knotting the score at 20. The teams then traded points until an Adeleye kill and solo block gave Clemson a 24-22 lead.

With their backs to the wall, the Eagles responded with a 4-1 run to take a 26-25 lead in the set. Alexa Rand evened the score with a kill, but the Eagles rattled off the next two points for a 28-26 set win, moving the match score to 2-1.

Clemson jumped out to a 5-3 edge in the fourth set, but the score was even at seven before the Tigers went on a 18-3 run to win the set, 25-10. Adeleye had five kills and a block during the run. The Tigers hit .577 during the set with 17 kills and only two attack errors.

Clemson returns to action on Friday night as they welcome #16 Florida State to Jervey Gymnasium.