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Nov 02, 2018

Volleyball Wins Fourth Straight at Home Friday

Volleyball Wins Fourth Straight at Home Friday

CLEMSON, S.C. – Propelled by a season-high 13.0 blocks, the Clemson volleyball team defeated Virginia, 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 25-14), in Jervey Gym Friday to extend its home winning streak to four matches. With the win, the Tigers, who have also won their last three matchups, improved to 14-12 overall and 5-8 in ACC play. Virginia fell to 7-16 overall and 3-10 in conference matchups. Offensively, Clemson was led by redshirt sophomore Brooke Bailey, who led Clemson in kills – with 14 – for the fifth consecutive match. Additionally, freshman Ava Pritchard totaled a match-high eight block assists, which is also the most by any Tiger this season.

“Something we’ve been working extremely hard on with our team these past couple of weeks is blocking and being able to get across the net,” said Clemson head coach Michaela Franklin. “Tonight you saw that hard work payoff. With regards to Ava (Pritchard), we know that’s what she’s capable of doing. She’s a very talented blocker, so we knew she had that in her.”

After trailing 16-13 in the first, Clemson outpaced the Cavaliers to 25 points, embarking on a 12-6 run to close out the set. The Tigers found themselves behind again towards the end of set No. 2 as Virginia held an 17-14 lead, but Clemson sparked a 6-2 run to take the lead and went on to close out the second game, 25-22. The Tigers got a nice lift from freshman Crystal Childs, who posted six of her seven kills in the second set. Pritchard recorded four of her match-high eight blocks in the second set.

Coming out of the break, Clemson took an early 12-11 lead, but the Cavaliers responded with a 10-2 run. Virginia’s 21-15 lead was too much to overcome as the Cavaliers eventually took the set, 25-18. The Tigers regrouped in the fourth and forced Virginia into 11 attack errors and a hitting percentage of -.071. Additionally, Pritchard, Bailey, Childs and freshman setter Gabby Easton combined for 10 block assists. Easton, the ACC’s Freshman of the Week for the second consecutive week tallied 36 assists.

Up next, Clemson returns to Jervey Gym Sunday at 1 p.m., to face No. 10 Pittsburgh. Sunday’s contest against the Panthers is set to stream on ACC Network Extra.

“We definitely enjoy being able to play at home and in front of our awesome crowd and seeing the support from our community. It makes Jervey [Gym] a tough place for visitors to come and play and definitely gives us a huge home court advantage.”

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