Sept. 21, 2007
RALEIGH, NC – Meghan Steiner posted 14 kills to lead the Tiger volleyball team to a 3-0 (30-18, 30-14, 31-29) victory over NC State on Friday night at the Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, NC. The senior from Crystal Lake, IL totaled 14 kills and tied her career high with a .684 hitting percentage.
With the win, Clemson improved to 8-2 on the year and 1-0 in the ACC, while the Wolfpack dropped to 3-9 overall and 0-2 in conference.
Jeannette Abbott also hit in double figures on Friday night with 11 while setter Kelsey Murphy tallied 34 assists.
NC State was led by Keri DeMar with 11 kills.
Game one saw the Tigers post 11 of the first 14 points and go on to claim the frame by a 30-18 margin. Clemson allowed the Wolfpack to score back-to-back points just once in the game when it narrowed an eight-point deficit to five at 14-9. The Tigers utilized a four-point run to widen the gap to 21-12. The teams then traded points until Clemson scored its 26-29 th points on Danielle Hepburn’s serve and closed out the stanza on a Steiner kill.
Murphy guided the Tiger offense to a .325 hitting percentage with 17 kills in the game while notching 15 assists in the game.
Clemson then rolled to a 2-0 lead after holding NC State to a season-low 14 points in the second frame. The Wolfpack scored the first point but the Tigers held the lead for the remainder of the game. They stretched their advantage to 25-12 after a six-point run on the service of Sue Eckman. After NC State posted its 13 th and 14th points, Clemson tallied the last five, ending the game on a block by Murphy and Steiner.
The Wolfpack gave the Tigers a battle in the third game and led for much of the stanza. Clemson finally caught up at 24-24 after a three-point rally, but NC State posted two of its own to regain the advantage. The teams were then knotted two more times before the Tigers avoided a game point to tie the score at 29 apiece. They then scored the final two points of the frame for the 31-29 win and their eighth victory of the season.
Clemson will be back in action on Saturday as the Tigers head down the road for a match-up against North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
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