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Oct 12, 2018

Volleyball Falls at Duke Friday

Volleyball Falls at Duke Friday

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DURHAM, N.C. –  The Clemson volleyball team (10-10, 1-6 ACC) fell in three sets (16-25, 17-25, 14-25) at Duke Friday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Redshirt-sophomore outside hitter Brooke Bailey led the Tigers in hitting for the third consecutive match, posting 12 kills on 29 attempts. Additionally, sophomore libero Madi Howell registered 14 digs – her season high in a three set match.

“It’s always tough playing on the road, especially in the ACC,” said Clemson head coach Michaela Franklin. “That’s something – with a young team – we’re trying to learn and bring our game when we’re playing away from home.”

Bailey got into a rhythm early, tallying five kills in the opening game on 13 swings. Howell spearheaded the Tigers’ back row with four digs in the first, but the Blue Devils out-hit the Clemson .625 to .161 for the set, which proved to be too much to overcome. Clemson appeared to turn it around early in set No. 2, jumping out to an 11-8 lead. Duke inched its way back before closing out the set on an 11-5 run. From there, the Tigers could not shift momentum in their favor as 27 attack errors plagued the Clemson offense, while the Blue Devils accrued just seven attack errors for the match.

“I thought Brooke did a good job getting a hold of the ball for us. She’s really starting to embrace that role of being a dominating outside hitter, being a three-rotation front row attacker, and being a force at the net.”

Up next, Clemson heads to Wake Forest (7-12, 2-5 ACC) Sunday, Oct. 14. Sunday’s contest is slated for 1 p.m., and will stream on ACC Network Extra. The Demon Deacons downed Georgia Tech in four sets (25-20, 11-25, 25-23, 25-13) Friday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

“We’re on our way to Wake Forest, who’s been doing a good job. They have some really athletic middles and nice hitters. They just got a good win tonight beating Georgia Tech in four. So, I’m sure that they’re going to have some confidence going into Sunday. It’s always a challenge on the road, but I feel like it’s one that we are capable of stepping up to. I look forward to seeing how we’re going to respond.”

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