Tigers Top Cavaliers in Three Sets
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – An injury plagued Virginia volleyball team struggled against an offensive minded Clemson squad in Memorial Gymnasium Friday evening, falling to its conference foe, 0-3 (12-25, 20-25, 12-25).
The Cavaliers were led offensively for the eighth match in a row by sophomore Simone Asque, who landed nine kills. Junior Sydney Hill chipped in seven kills, while freshman Jessica O’Shoney had six.
Freshman Rachel Gray paced the offense with 25 assists and senior Brittani Rendina collected a team-high 10 digs.
For Clemson (14-5, 5-3 ACC), Lia Proctor knocked down a match-high 15 kills, while Kelsey Murphy had 30 assists. Didem Ege led the defense with 12 digs, while Alexa Rand and Jessica Williams each chipped in four blocks.
Clemson took an early 3-0 lead in the first frame and never looked back. The visiting Tigers strung together a pair of 4-0 runs, en route to a 25-20 set victory.
The second set opened much like the first, with Clemson taking the first three points. The Tigers stretched their lead to nine before Virginia put together a 4-0 run of their own to pull within two, but it was not enough to top the Tigers, as Virginia fell, 20-25.
Virginia hung with Clemson in the third set, until the Tigers used a 5-0 run to extend their lead to 10-4. Riding a second 5-0 run, Clemson cruised to a 25-12 victory, taking the frame and the match.
The Cavaliers (7-12, 2-6 ACC) will look to rebound tomorrow night. Virginia will host Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. in Mem Gym.