Sept. 26, 2008
BLACKSBURG, VA – The Clemson volleyball team traveled to Blacksburg, VA on Friday night to take on Virginia Tech, with the Hokies coming away with a 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 17-25, 23-25) ACC win. The Tigers fell to 8-5 overall and 0-2 in conference, while the Virginia Tech moves to 11-2 and 2-0 in conference.
Danielle Hepburn led the Tigers with 16 kills and a .378 hitting percentage on the night. Jeannette Abbott also added 13 kills for the Clemson squad.
Felicia Willoughby led the Virginia Tech offense with 14 kills and a .375 hitting figure, while Kristen Cunningham and Betsy Horowitz posted double figures in kills as well.
In the first set, the Tigers jumped out to a 5-0 lead behind three consecutive kills from Hepburn. Virginia Tech pulled to within 16-12 on a kill by Taylor Parrish, but Clemson responded with three quick points to take a 19-12 lead. The Tigers eventually stretched the lead to 21-13 before taking the first set 25-18 on a block by Murphy. Clemson hit at a .353 clip, notching 13 kills against only one error, while holding the Hokies to a .179 mark. Hepburn added five kills in the set in ten chances, and Murphy notched 10 assists, two digs, two kills, and a block.
In set two, the Tigers raced out to a 9-5 lead. At 16-14, Clemson went on what looked like a decisive 7-1 run to take a 23-15 lead. Up to this point, the Tigers had committed only one attack error in the entire match.
However, the Hokies didn’t quit, taking set two with a 10-0 run to close the game at 25-23, fueled by seven Tiger errors.
In the third set, Clemson took a 9-6 lead to start, before going on a 10-2 run to take the lead at 16-11. The Tigers committed ten errors in the set and hit at a -.088 mark for the set, with only seven kills. The Hokies took the fourth set 25-23 to win the match 3-1.
Clemson will head to Charlottesville on Saturday for a second-straight ACC battle. The Tigers and Cavaliers are slated for a 7:00 pm start at Memorial Gym on the campus of the University of Virginia.
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