Miami Falls To Clemson, 2-3
CLEMSON, S.C. – The University of Miami volleyball team fell in five sets to the Clemson Tigers Friday night.
Miami (11-6, 4-3 ACC) tallied 65 kills, 74 digs, 60 assists and nine blocks in its five-set battle. Junior Ashley Carr recorded a career-high eight blocks, while sophomore Cianna Tejada racked up a .588 hitting percentage.
The Canes fell behind to kickoff the match but with back-to-back kills and blocks, Miami went on a 6-1 scoring run to make it 13-9. With juniors Ashley Carr and Peyman Yardimci’s seven total blocks, they helped the team to a dominant set-one win, 25-15.
Set two started the same as the first, with Clemson coming in hot and taking an early 10-6 lead. Miami cut the deficit to one, but the Tigers clawed their way to another run, 22-13. Despite the Canes’ effort to hold on, Clemson took set two, 25-18.
The third set was back-and-forth to start it off, until the Canes went on a 4-0 run after two kills from sophomore Flormarie Heredia Colon and an ace from fifth-year senior Savannah Vach to make it 14-10. Miami maintained the lead with freshman Grace Lopez’ six kills and the team’s 17 total kills to take the lead with a 25-21 set-three win.
Miami kept ahead in the fourth set with Tejada’s five kills, but Clemson made its mark catching up and led 18-15. Ultimately, they extended the lead, 20-15, and tied the match up with a 25-19 win.
Clemson came out strong in the final set, leading 8-4. The Canes caught up to reach within one, 8-7, but the Tigers pulled away once again starting with back-to-back aces and claimed set five, 15-10.
The Hurricanes will remain on the road and face No. 11 Georgia Tech on Oct. 15.