Oct. 30, 2007
CLEMSON, SC – Talisa Kellogg hit .353 with 24 kills and Michelle Kandell added a match-high 23 digs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Clemson’s powerful offense as the Tigers won their 16th-straight conference match dating back to 2006 to defeat Georgia Tech, 3-1 (22-30, 30-18, 30-20, 30-27), Tuesday night at Jervey Gym.
With the win, the Tigers improved to 21-2 on the season and remain perfect (14-0) in conference play, while Tech dropped to 15-9, and 9-5 in the ACC.
Kellogg’s 24 kills were a season-high, and Chrissy DeMichelis added 15 while hitting .303 against the Tigers. The Jackets, as a team, hit .255 on the night.
Clemson’s offense was led by Lia Proctor, who hit .483 with 16 kills, while Leslie Mansfield and Jeannette Abbott added 13 kills apiece. Abbott was also one of four Tigers to post double-figures in kills.
With a three-point edge late in game one, the Yellow Jackets scored four unanswered points, three of which came on kills by DeMichelis, and finished the game on a 6-1 run to win, 30-22. Tech hit .417 and notched three blocks in the game while the Tigers managed just a .200 hitting clip and its vaunted middle blockers were held without any blocks in the frame.
Clemson came alive late in the second game, finishing off the frame on a 10-0 run to win, 30-18, and tie the match at 1-1. The Tigers’ offense was led by Proctor, who hit .500 with four kills while Clemson, as a team, hit .424 and recorded four total blocks.
The Tigers went ahead 2-1 by using an 8-2 run to take an early 10-5 lead in game three. Abbott then powered the Tigers to the 30-20 win by hitting .500 with five kills, while Proctor added four kills on six attempts in the game.
Proctor and Mansfield had six kills apiece, while Meghan Steiner added five in the fourth game to help Clemson to the 30-27 win to remain undefeated in conference play.
The Jackets continue their three-match road swing in Virginia this weekend when they meet Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Friday at 7 p.m. before continuing on to Charlottesville for a 1 p.m. match on Sunday against the University of Virginia. Live stats for Friday’s match can be found at HokieSports.com and will be available Sunday by visiting VirginiaSports.com. A live video broadcast of Friday’s match will also be available on ACC Select (gatech.playonsports.tv).