PITTSBURGH, PA – Despite a strong start at the beginning of each set, the Clemson Volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to No. 2 Pittsburgh (15-0, 5-0 ACC) in three sets, 21-25, 18-25, 17-25. Clemson (10-6, 2-3 ACC) is now 2-1 on the road in ACC play and the Tigers have played two top-three teams in their last three matches.
Clemson came out the gate swinging in their best set of the match, hitting .448 in the first set behind Cate Long (4 kills) Camryn Hannah (3 kills), Kaylee Martin (3 kills), and Colleen Finney (3 kills). After a kill by Martin to give Clemson a 21-20 lead, Pittsburgh went on a 5-0 run to take the set victory. The Tigers kept it competitive throughout the second and third sets with multiple lead changes and ties, but Pittsburgh’s .351 hitting percentage for the night was able to power through the Clemson defense. Late runs at the end of each set were the Panthers’ turning point to secure the 3-0 victory at home in Fitzgerald Field House.
Kaylee Martin led the Tigers and all players with 12 kills and tailed two blocks for the night. Ani Clark, Hannah, and Long each added six kills apiece, while Mckenna Slavik registered 26 assists for the night. During the first set, Slavik recorded her 500th career dig. On the defensive end, Devan Taylor recorded nine digs and a new season-high 37 receptions in the match.
Up NextClemson travels to Charlottesville, VA to take on Virginia at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Match Notes– Clemson hit .448 in the first set of the match.– Mckenna Slavik recorded her 500th career dig.– Anna Renwick registered her 100th career dig.– Four Clemson players tailed at least six kills tonight.– Martin, Finney, Hannah, and Long each registered at least one block in the match.