Oct. 16, 2007
ATLANTA, GA – Sophomore setter Kelsey Murphy tallied 44 assists and guided the Clemson volleyball team to its 12 th straight victory with a 3-0 (33-31, 30-25, 30-21) sweep of Georgia Tech in midweek action. The Tigers remained undefeated in ACC play at 9-0 and improved to 16-2 overall for the year.
Murphy also posted six block assists to aid the defensive effort, tying with Danielle Hepburn for match-high honors at the net. Hepburn added 10 kills on the night while Jeannette Abbott led the team with 12. Lia Proctor also recorded double figures in kills for Clemson with 11, including seven in the third game.
“After coming off a big win at Duke on Saturday, I am so proud of how the team came here and played tonight,” Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover said. “Georgia Tech is always a good team and this was a big win for us on the road.”
Talisa Kellogg and Chrissy DeMichelis led the Yellow Jackets (11-8, 5-4 ACC) with 15 kills apiece, while setter Allie Niekamp tallied 51 assists in the effort.
Facing game point in the opening set, the Tigers rallied to post four straight points and take a 30-29 lead, their first of the game. However, the Yellow Jackets recorded back-to-back kills to again come within one point of closing out the game. A Hepburn kill, from Murphy, returned the serve to Clemson and a solo block by Abbott notched the Tigers’ 32 nd point. Hepburn and Abbott then teamed to post a block and claim the game.
“It was critical that we came back and won game one. It changed the momentum to our favor,” Hoover said.
Hepburn tallied seven kills in the game, while the team posted five total blocks, three of which scored critical points at the end of the frame. Clemson had trailed by six early on.
The Tigers carried the momentum in to the second game to take a 2-0 lead in the match. They held the early advantage at 13-8, but Georgia Tech slowly closed the gap and finally caught up at 19 apiece. The teams then traded points until a five-point stretch by Clemson gave them a four-point lead. Didem Ege recorded an ace and Leslie Mansfield posted two kills during the run.
After the Yellow Jackets scored their 25th point, an attack error gave the Tigers their 29 th point and Mansfield served an ace for the clincher.
Clemson then remained in control of the match taking an early 12-7 lead in the game three. Tech came within four on several occasions but the Tigers held the lead and clinched the match with a 30-21 victory.
Clemson will return to Jervey Gym this weekend as the Tigers will play host to Boston College and Maryland. Clemson and the Eagles are slated for a 7:00 pm start on Friday, while the Tigers and Terps will begin play at 6:00 pm on Saturday.
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