Oct. 31, 2003
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The Clemson volleyball team defeated Maryland in five games (30-18, 23-30, 35-33, 27-30, 15-13) on Friday night in the Comcast Center Gymnasium. With the win the Tigers improve to 15-12 on the season and 4-7 in ACC action, while the Terrapins fall to 20-5 overall and 9-2 in conference play.
The Tigers controlled game one, winning by a score of 30-18. Leslie Finn led all hitters with five kills and a .357 hitting percentage, while Ryane Beasley and Liz Beckham added three kills each. Beckham led Clemson in defensive saves with nine and Lori Ashton led the Tigers at the net with three blocks. Stephanie Haskell dished out 12 assists with four digs and two blocks in game one. Maria DiLivio and Stephanie Smith recorded three kills apiece for the Terrapins. Fiona DeFreitas tallied seven digs and Aimee Huddleston recorded seven assists with two blocks for Maryland.
Maryland captured game two by a score of 30-23. Finn and Beckham posted five kills each, while Ashton had three kills with one block in game two. Lindsey Abbott tallied three digs, while Beasley recorded three digs with one service ace and one block. Haskell had 12 assists in game two for the Tigers. The Terrapins were led by DiLivio with six kills, a .750 hitting percentage and six digs. Huddleston handed out 18 assist with one block in game two.
Clemson won a close game three 35-33 behind Finn’s nine kills and .500 hitting percentage. Beckham added five kills with seven digs, while Ashton had four kills with two blocks and a .571 hitting percentage. Abbott posted nine digs in game three and Haskell recorded 18 assists with four digs and one block for the Tigers. Maryland was paced by DiLivio and Smith with five kills each. DiLivio tallied seven digs, while Huddleston posted five digs with 15 assists.
The Terrapins evened the score with a 30-27 win in game four. Beckham paced the Tigers with eight kills, a .368 hitting percentage and five digs, while Finn tallied six kills with two blocks. Abbott recorded seven digs in game four and Haskell dished out 19 assists with seven defensive saves for the Tigers. Lynnsy Jones led Maryland with five kills, while DiLivio and Rachel Wagener tallied four kills apiece. DeFreitas posted six digs, while Sarah Treadwell had five digs with three kills. Huddleston handed out 14 assists with three digs and two blocks in game four.
Clemson won the decisive game 15-13 Behind Finn’s six kills and .417 hitting percentage. Abbott and Beckham had three digs apiece and Haskell recorded 10 assists. Jones led the Terrapins with four kills in game five. DeFreitas had four digs and Huddleston recorded eight assists with one block for Maryland.
Individually for Clemson, Finn recorded a career-best 31 kills with a .394 hitting percentage and two blocks. Her 31 kills places her fourth in the Tiger record books for most kills in a match. Beckham recorded 25 kills with 25 digs, placing her in Clemson’s all-time 20-20 club, while Ashton added 15 kills with a .375 hitting percentage and a team-best seven blocks. Abbott tallied 24 digs and Haskell dished out a career-high 71 assists with 17 digs and four blocks for the Tigers
DiLivio tallied 20 kills with a .364 hitting percentage and 20 digs for the Terrapins, while Jones added 19 kills with 10 digs. Wagener recorded five blocks with 11 kills and Huddleston handed out 62 assists with 12 digs and five blocks for the Maryland
The Tigers will return to action on Saturday as they take on the Virginia Cavaliers in Charlottesville, VA. The match is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m.
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