Syracuse, N.Y. – The Clemson volleyball dropped a 3-0 decision to Syracuse, 17-25, 20-25, 19-25, in the Women’s Building on Sunday. Clemson fell to 11-10 on the year and 3-7 in league play, while the Orange improved to 15-7 overall and 4-6 in the ACC.
Graduate outside hitter Kaylee Martin paced the Tigers with 11 kills on .421 hitting, while Azyah Dailey added a career-high eight kills. Setter Mckenna Slavik recorded 33 assists and guided Clemson to 40 kills for the day. On the defensive end, Anna Renwick registered 18 digs.
The Orange came out swinging early in the first set with an early 14-7 lead, but Clemson responded with a few runs of their own behind two attack errors and a Martin kill to bring the score to 10-16. Syracuse went on a 5-0 run behind three kills from Marina Markova to extend the lead to 22-15, where the Orange capitalized and took the first set win on .300 hitting.
Syracuse took an early lead in the second set before the Tigers fought back midway through and took an 18-14 lead when Slavik found the floor for a kill. However, Syracuse fought back and closed the set on an 11-2 run, 25-20.
The third set was even through the midpoint, with the Orange taking a 14-13 advantage, and scoring four in a row to extend the lead to 18-13. Clemson closed to three on Martin’s 11th kill, but the Orange put the set and match away, 25-19.
Clemson returns to Jervey Gym this week against North Carolina State at 7 p.m. on Friday and North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Sunday.