Clemson Takes Down Hurricanes in Volleyball, 3-0

Clemson Takes Down Hurricanes in Volleyball, 3-0

Oct. 3, 2008

Box Score

Clemson, S.C. – Clemson used 16 kills from Lia Proctor and 11 more from Danielle Hepburn in order to pull away a 3-0 victory Friday night over the University of Miami in an ACC volleyball matchup at Jervey Gym in Clemson, S.C.

Miami, having not played a week to the day, recorded their second-lowest hitting performance of the season (.156), and the second time in a row the `Canes have been under the 200-clip in hitting percentage.

UM gained just 43 kills with 23 errors on 128 swings Friday night.

Clemson (10-5, 2-2 ACC) got help from Hepburn in the first set as she posted five of her match-high tying 16 kills on the night, and teammate Proctor added two more to push the Tigers to the 25-19 decision, and ultimately a 1-0 advantage in the match.

UM’s Katie Gallagher (Orlando, Fla.) served up 11 assists and the team combined for 13 kills in the set, with freshman Lane Carico (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) putting down four kills and junior outside hitter Genny Mayhew (Clovis, Calif.) adding three.

The second set was even closer for the Orange and Green as they registered 16 kills, but again were plagued with seven unforced errors on 47 swings for a team-high .191 clip in the set. Carico collected six kills in the set for the Hurricanes.

But it was Clemson’s Proctor coming through once again for the homestanding Tigers as she collected six kills and teammate Kelsey Murphy put in a block to help the team to the 25-20 advantage and the set point.

Looking at a possible 3-0 setback for the second time in as many matches, Miami held the lead 7-2 in the third set following a kill from Carico. A few points later, an attack error charged to the Tigers allowed the Hurricanes to lead 10-5. That’s where a frantic Clemson run (10-5) started with the help of Jeannette Abbott’s kill to the right edge, as well as five errors charged to the `Canes in the run.

UM again edged out in front, 20-18, when a service error was charged to CU, as well as Lici McGee (Warr Acres, Okla.) spiking in one of her four kills on the night. The lead would quickly evaporate, however, as the Tigers’ Abbott, Brittany Fennell and Murphy (service ace) put the Tigers back out in front, 21-20.

Proctor’s kill down the left side was all that was needed to earn the win for the Tigers.

In the loss, Miami fell to just 1-7 against the Tigers, including a 0-5 mark all-time in Death Valley.

Clemson was led by Proctor’s 16-kill, nine-dig performance, aided with Hepburn’s 11 kills and three blocks. Abbott picked up nine kills and eight digs to help her cause.

Miami looked towards Carico’s match-high tying 16 kills and seven digs, ending her consecutive string of double-doubles at five matches. Behind Carico was senior middle blocker Angelica Ellis (Houston, Texas) with six kills, as well as redshirt-senior Ashley Woods (Round Rock, Texas) with six. Cassie Loessberg (Sacramento, Calif.) charged the defense with 20 digs.

For Loessberg, it was the fourth time this season she’s eclipsed the 20-dig plateau.

The `Canes will have a short two hour trip down I-85 tonight as they get ready to take on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Saturday in Atlanta at 7 p.m. The match at GT serves as the final contest in a five-match road swing for the Hurricanes who have not played at home in the friendly confines of the James L. Knight Sports Complex since Sept. 19.