Photos by Patrick Boling, Clemson Athletic Communications
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team fell in three sets (21-25, 22-25, 18-25) to South Carolina Saturday in the Tigers’ third and final match of the Gamecock Invitational. Freshman middle blocker Adria Oliver was named to the All-Tournament team after hitting .345 on 28 kills and 58 attempts for the tournament. The Seneca, South Carolina native also recorded 12.0 blocks, a service ace and 35.0 points.
“I thought that we came out pretty strong out of the gate,” said Clemson head coach Michaela Franklin. “I’m proud of our young team to come out here and compete with some intensity in a hostile environment on the road. We slipped a little bit in the third set, but were able to rally back and chip away with some points.”
Freshman setter Gabby Easton posted Clemson’s first double-double of the season, nabbing 27 assists and 10 digs against the Gamecocks. In addition to Oliver’s 10 kills, the Tigers got a nice lift from middle blocker Ava Pritchard, who totaled eight kills, while hitting .500 for the match along with four block assists.
“Adria hit above .400 today and was efficient for us for the whole tournament. We know that we’re expecting a lot from her and she’s still a really young player. We’re excited for the direction that she’s heading.”
Up next, the Tigers head Boone, North Carolina for the Mountaineers’ Appalachian Invitational Aug. 31 – Sept. 1. Clemson is set to face Mississippi State Friday (4 p.m.), and Appalachian State (12:30 p.m.) and Davidson (4 p.m.) Saturday.
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