Sept. 7, 2005
ATHENS, GA – In what was a closer match than the final score indicates, the Clemson volleyball team fell to the Georgia Bulldogs, 3-0, on Wednesday night at the Ramsey Center in Athens, GA. The play was as tough as history has proven, given that the last seven matches have gone at least four games, but the Bulldogs prevailed this time, edging the Tigers, 30-28, 31-29, 31-29. With the win, Georgia improves to 4-1 on the season, while Clemson falls to 2-2.
Tiger freshman Jeannette Abbott led all hitters with 26 kills for the night. Sophomore Brittany Ross was a close second with 21 for Clemson. As a team, Clemson outhit the Bulldogs, 57-49. Julia Petruschke and Alexandra Oquendo each recorded 14 kills for Georgia.
The Bulldogs claimed a back-and-forth first game by a score of 30-28. The biggest lead of the game was only four points for either team when Clemson led 18-14. Georgia tied the game at 19 apiece and then took a 24-21 lead. The Tigers went ahead 27-26, but the Bulldogs scored three of the next four points to take the game.
The second game was just as close as the Tigers and Bulldogs traded points for two-thirds of the game. Georgia held a 23-18 advantage after setter Chelsea Young served five straight points, but Clemson rallied for a 28-27 lead. However, the Tigers were unable to close out the game and the Bulldogs won it 31-29 on a block by Alexandra Oquendo and Young to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
Georgia came out strong in the third game and took an early 15-6 lead. The Tigers fought back and managed to tie the game at 28-28. Abbott scored points 24, 25 and 26 for Clemson with three of her 26 total kills. The Bulldogs then won their 29th point on a tip from Young. The Tigers won the next point to tie the game at 29 before Georgia claimed the game and match 31-29.
After taking the weekend off, the Tigers return home to host the South Carolina Gamecocks on Tuesday, Sept. 13 for their Solid Orange event. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:00 PM at the Jervey Athletic Center. Doors open at 5:00 PM and admission is free to the public.
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