Nov. 12, 2004
Charlottesville, VA – Clemson lost its fourth consecutive ACC match on Friday, a 3-0 defeat (20-30, 31-33, 26-30) at the hands of Virginia. The Cavaliers improved to 18-9 overall, 8-7 in the ACC. The Tigers dropped to 17-13, 6-9 in conference play.
Leslie Finn led the Tigers with another double-double, 20 kills and 14 digs. Finn needs just 10 more kills to break Robin Kibben’s single-season record of 602, set in 1993. Brittany Ross had 16 kills, while Lori Ashton contributed 10. Ashton also had three total blocks. She needs four block assists to move into third on the Tigers’ all-time list.
Stephanie Haskell had 19 assists, putting her 12 shy of taking over fifth on the all-time Clemson list. Anna Vallinch had 19 digs to lead the Tiger defense.
For Virginia, freshman Sarah Kirkwood had 16 kills while her sister Emily had 52 assists. Melissa Caldwell had a match-best 27 digs, while Alexis Geocaris had five total blocks. The Cavaliers hit .295 for the match.
In game one, Virginia led 17-13 but then put the Tigers away by winning six of the next seven points. Ashton had three kills and two blocks in the opening game. Game two saw back and forth action between the two squads, with Virginia claiming the final two points. In the third game, Finn’s 10 kills were not enough for Clemson. With a tied game at 17-17, Virginia took the next five en route to the match win.
The Tigers travel to College Park, MD to take on the Maryland Terrapins on Saturday. First serve for the final regular season match is set for 5:00 PM.
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