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Miami Volleyball Falls to Clemson

by Ashleigh Young

CLEMSON, S.C. – Elizaveta Lukianova and Priscilla Hernandez registered career-high performances in Miami volleyball’s 3-2 loss to Clemson on Thursday night.

Lukianova finished with a match-leading 30 kills, double the amount of Clemson’s top performer Hannah Camryn with 15. The feat ranks tied for second in kills in five sets and tied for third in kills in a single match in UM history, overall. The redshirt senior also boasted a season-high hitting percentage at .440 and added one block.

Hernandez tallied a career-high six aces, which tops Miami’s records in aces in five sets and tied for fourth in a single match, while adding 15 digs and three assists.

Miami (3-2) won the first set for the fifth time this season, led by Lukianova’s five kills and Janice Leao’s three. Uncharacteristically, Miami registered five service errors and only tallied one ace by Leao. The Hurricanes took the 25-23.

Clemson tied the match at one quickly after with a 25-21 set two win. Miami’s middles, Lauren Tarnoff and Leao, combined for eight kills. Miami tallied 11 kills, but the Tigers posted 18 with a .359 attack percentage to tak the set.

The Canes trailed 2-1 for the first time this season after Clemson took the third set, 25-23. Led by Camryn, the Tigers finished with 16 kills and two blocks in the set to edge the Canes at the end.

But the Canes wouldn’t go down easy.

Led by Lukianova’s 13 kills and one block and Hernandez’s three aces, Miami evened the match at two with a dominant fourth-set effort. The Canes hit a staggering .412 and recorded 17 kills off 34 attempts, while Savannah Vach finished with 14 of her 51 assists. Holding Clemson to a match-low .130 hitting percentage, Miami went to the fifth set for the third time this season.

Ultimately, Clemson took the match with a 15-10 fifth-set win.