CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The Clemson volleyball team dropped a four-setter against the University of Miami on Friday (11-25, 25-17, 25-27, 12-25) at the Knights Sports Complex in Coral Gables, Fla. The matchup puts Clemson at 11-4 overall on the season and 0-2 in ACC play.
The Tigers posted 69 digs in the match, led by senior Niki Collier who put up 20, and tallied four blocks as a team. Clemson was led on offense by senior Kristin Faust who recorded 18 kills on 72 swings. Sophomore Leah Perri added nine kills and senior Karis Watson put down eight.
Clemson fought hard all match. The Tigers couldn’t keep up offensively in the first set, hitting -.086, but found an offensive rhythm in the second and hit .326. After a tight third set, Clemson struggled to keep the momentum in the fourth; a ten-point Miami run put the Tigers in a hole and they couldn’t close the gap.
The Hurricanes’ Savannah Leaf matched Faust’s 18 kills and libero Kalysta White tied Collier with 20 digs. Miami posted 12 blocks as a team.
The Tigers will be back in Jervey Gym on Sunday to take on the 12th-ranked University of North Carolina Tar Heels at 1 p.m.
Dig Pink Sunday vs. North Carolina: Fans can help the Tigers raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research by attending the match, purchasing a Dig Pink t-shirt, participating in the silent auction and/or making a donation online at https://www.side-out.org/cb/campaigns/campaign/9004. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Side-Out Foundation. In addition, fans in attendance will receive a pink breast cancer ribbon (while supplies last).
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