Oct. 22, 2004
Chapel Hill, NC – North Carolina improved to 7-3 in the ACC standings after defeating Clemson 3-1 (30-19, 30-18, 28-30, 30-21) Friday night. The win improved the Tar Heels’ overall record to 12-10, while the Tigers dropped to 13-9 with the loss (4-5 in the ACC).
Anna Vallinch was a bright spot for the Clemson team. She went over the 30-dig mark for the third time this year and second time versus North Carolina. The sophomore libero finished with 32 digs, her third-best career total. Leslie Finn had another double-double for Clemson, tallying 17 kills and 17 digs. Brittany Ross led all Tiger hitters with 20 kills. The Tigers had 38 attack errors as a team.
For North Carolina, two players totaled over 20 kills apiece. Dani Nyenhuis led the way with a match-high 22 kills, while Molly Pyles contributed 20. Caroline deRoeck had a match-best 33 digs for the Tar Heels.
Tied at 7-7, North Carolina scored 10 of the next 13 points to run away with the lead. In game two, the Tar Heels broke a 12-12 tie with four consecutive points and never looked back. North Carolina hit .316 as a team in the first game and .356 in the second.
Clemson went up 14-7 early in game three, then held on for the slim two-point victory. In game four, the Tar Heels led 12-10 before scoring eight of the next 11 points to claim the match.
The Tigers travel a short distance to Raleigh, NC to take on N.C. State on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 7:00 PM.
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