CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team (9-9, 0-5 ACC) hosts Virginia Tech (11-5, 2-2 ACC) in Jervey Gym Sunday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. Sunday’s contest against the Hokies is set to stream on ACC Network Extra.
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— Clemson Athletics Marketing (@ClemsonMKTG) October 4, 2018
The Tigers will look to snap their six-match Sunday as Clemson fell in its second straight five-set match (24-26,28-26,17-25,25-12,15-8) at Georgia Tech Wednesday. Prior to Wednesday’s loss, Clemson was edged by now-No. 25 Louisville last Sunday in Clemson.
Against the Yellow Jackets, redshirt-sophomore Brooke Bailey tied her career high of 16 kills for the third time this season. Freshman Ashtynne Alberts notched her sixth double-double of the season, totaling 14 kills and 10 digs, along with 2.0 blocks. Freshman setter Gabby Easton dimed 49 assists and recorded four digs and 3.0 blocks. Additionally, freshman middle blocker Ava Pritchard picked up where she left off from Sunday’s match against Louisville, posting eight kills and a match-high 4.0 blocks up front for the Tigers.
Easton continues to lead the conference in assists, averaging 11.01 per set, which is good for No. 4 in the Division I ranks among all freshmen. The Anderson, South Carolina native also ranks eighth overall in the nation in total assists (760). Additionally, sophomore hitter Alyssa Deloney ranks eighth in the ACC in hitting percentage (.369)
Going 1-1 this past weekend in Blacksburg, Tech defeated North Carolina 3-0 last Friday for the first time since 2011 and earned its first sweep over UNC since 2006, but fell to NC State 3-1 on Sunday. Hokie sophomore Kaity Smith had a team-high 16 kills and six digs versus the Tar Heels, pacing the Hokies to their second win in ACC play. Tech held the Tar Heels to a .058 hitting percentage, marking the fifth time this season it has held its opponent to under .100. The Hokies are a perfect 5-0 in those matches. Senior Jaila Tolbert recorded a team-high 14 kills against NC State, tying her third-most kills of the season. The Minnesota native also tallied two blocks, marking her fifth straight match of owning at least one block, dating back to Sept. 16.
The Hokies are No. 3 in the ACC for service aces per set with 1.53 and are No. 6 in hitting percentage with a .239 clip. During ACC matches, libero Carol Raffety owns the third-best digs per set mark among ACC players with a 4.38 average.
The first 250 Clemson students in attendance will be eligible for free pizza, which will be handed out at the entrance to Jervey Gym.
At Home vs. Virginia Tech: 10-2
First meeting: 1980 (W, 2-1)
Last meeting: 2017 (L, 3-1)
Sunday, Oct. 7
Who: vs. Virginia Tech (11-5, 2-2 ACC)
When: 7 p.m.
Where: Jervey Gym
Watch: ACC Network Extra
Live Stats: http://statb.us/v/clem/225314
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