Photos by Emily Goad, Clemson Athletic Communications
CLEMSON, S.C. – Back in Jervey Gym for the first time in just over three months, the Clemson Volleyball team defeated the University of Georgia Bulldogs, 3-1, in an exhibition match Saturday. The Tigers took the first three sets of the match, 25-22, 25-21, 25-17, however both teams agreed to play a guaranteed fourth set prior to Saturday’s match, which the Bulldogs won, 25-21.
The Tigers out-hit Georgia .325-.220. Brooke Bailey looked to be in All-ACC form as she accounted for a match-high 17 kills while hitting .469. Bailey also contributed two blocks. Setter Gabby Easton dished out 32 assists in just three sets played.
Defensively, the Tigers totaled 9.0 blocks thanks in part to CU middle blocker Adria Oliver, who rang up a team-best four block assists. Clemson held the Bulldogs to just 3.0 blocks on the match. Madi Howell got the nod at libero and posted match-high 11 digs. Crystal Childs and Ashtynne Alberts tallied seven digs each at the outside hitter position.
Clemson out-served the Bulldogs, racking up 11 service aces in contrast to Georgia’s six. Middle hitter Alyssa Deloney posted a match-high four service aces, while Solei Thomas (2), Alberts (2) and Howell (2) all registered multiple service aces, too.
Up next, the Tigers hit the road for the final three spring exhibition outings of 2019. On March 30 (Saturday), Clemson heads to the Finley Center in Hoover, Alabama for a multi-team tournament.
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