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Canes Drop First Home Conference Match to Clemson

CORAL GABLES, Fla.  –  The University of Miami volleyball team (10-6, 6-3 ACC) came up short in an ACC home match for the first time this season Friday night, falling to Clemson, 3-0, at the Knight Sports Complex.  
 
Despite tying their second-best attack percentage of the season (.370), Miami was unable to tame the Tigers (11-11, 2-7 ACC) in Friday’s 25-21, 25-23, 25-23 loss. 
 
Senior Kolby Bird had a stellar night on offense, tying a season high with 17 kills and posted a .321 attack percentage. Bird recorded five kills in the first set, while fellow senior Haley Templeton posted 11 assists and two kills. Miami’s slow start was too much to overcome late in the first set and Clemson took the opener, 25-21. 
 
The Canes spread the offense around in the second set, as Bird led a group of six Canes who logged at least one kill in the set by notching six. Clemson recorded two aces and posted a .412 attack percentage in the second to take a strong 2-0 lead with a 25-23 set win. 
 
Outside hitters, Bird and Chloe Brown each produced six kills in the third, hitting .545 and .353, respectively. The Canes looked poised to take the third set from the Tigers with a late 20-16 lead, but Clemson’s offense was too much for the Canes and the Tigers went on to take the final set, 25-23.
 
Bird’s ninth kill of the match also marked her 700th career kill as a Hurricane and she now has 708 in four years. Templeton finished the match with 40 assists, pushing her total to 4,241 in her illustrious career.  
 
Miami returns to “The Knight” on Sunday to host Georgia Tech at 1 p.m. The Yellow Jackets travel to Coral Gables after losing to Florida State, 3-1, on Friday night. 
 
All Hurricanes volleyball home matches are played at the James L. Knight Sports Complex on the University of Miami campus. Admission is free. 
 
The University of Miami – Coral Gables Campus has introduced an updated parking policy for the 2018-19 school year. Enforcement is now extended to seven days a week, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. PayByPhone and additional pay stations are available across all campus parking lots and garages to facilitate visitor parking.
 
For a complete look at the Hurricanes’ 2018 schedule, click here
 
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