CLEMSON, S.C.- Clemson sweeps UNCW in the first match of the doubleheader. Camryn Hannah posted 10 kills to lead the Tigers. Clemson and UNCW will face off tonight at 5 p.m. on ACCNX for the conclusion of the series.
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Hannah posted five of her 10 kills in the first half of the opening frame, which Clemson went on to win, 26-24. The Tigers had set point, 24-21, but UNCW was able to extend the set after tying the game, 24-24. A UNCW service error, followed by an ace for Hannah ended the set and gave Clemson a 1-0 lead.
After jumping out to a 5-1 lead to open the second, the Tigers finessed a pair of 5-0 runs later in the game, but UNCW once again battled back at the very end of the set to force extras. With the Tigers leading, 24-20, UNCW orchestrated four straight points to tie the set, 24-24. Then, Clemson looked to its middles in Ani Clark and Ava Pritchard, who accounted for the final two points of the game respectively, which the Tigers won, 26-24.
The Tigers continued their solid play in the third set and never looked back. Clemson started out on a 5-1 run behind the serve of middle Ani Clark, which was followed by a UNCW timeout. The Seahawks rebounded and created a few runs of their own until Cate Long went back to the line and dialed up 7 serves in a row with the help of the Tigers’ offense. After Long’s run behind the service line, the Tigers led, 22-15. A pair of kills and a block by Solei Thomas and Pritchard closed out the match to put a stamp on the win.