The Presbyterian College volleyball team took the first set, 27-25, in dramatic fashion but it was the Tigers the rest of the way as Clemson took the 3-1 win tonight in Clemson, S.C. After dropping set one 25-27, the Tigers won the next three, 25-14, 25-12, and 25-15.
Presbyterian College drops to 9-13 overall, while Clemson improves to 16-7. PC hosts Charleston Southern Friday, Oct. 31, at 7 p.m., and then Coastal Carolina Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m., as well.
PC was led by Rachel Hall with 10 kills, followed by Kelly Berryman with nine. Ashtin Frank added 29 assists, with Mary Trimpe pacing the team in digs with 15. PC hit .065 with 37 total kills and 28 errors. The Blue Hose added five total blocks, with Berryman tops with two block assists and one solo block.
Kristin Faust led Clemson with 18 kills, followed by Leah Perri with 15. Niki Collier led the Tigers with 16 digs, while Kate Federico added 44 assists. The Tigers collected 56 kills and just 15 errors for a .308 hitting percentage. Clemson added 14 total blocks as well.
Clemson opened the first set with a 7-4 lead before a 4-1 run by the Blue Hose, highlighted by kills from Halle Tripp and Rachel Elshoff as well a block assist from Ashton Stewart and Frank, tied the set at 8-8. Tied again at 11-11, PC scored the set’s next four of five points to take a 15-12 lead.
PC held onto the lead until a Clemson service ace by Sydney Moseley knotted the set at 22-22. The Blue Hose and Tigers went back and forth the next several points, with a Stewat block gave the visitors the 26-25 lead and set point. Tripp finally sealed the first set win with a kill to give PC the 27-25 win.
The Tigers stormed out of the second set to build an early 5-2 lead. Clemson extended the lead to 20-7 off a 15-5 run before PC rallied to cut the lead to nine, 21-12, off a Berryman kill. That would be as close as the Blue Hose would get as the Tigers scored the final four of six points to take the 25-14 second set win.
A kill by Hall gave PC and Clemson an early 3-3 tie in the third set. The Tigers responded with two straight to build a 4-2 lead before extending it to 10-4 off a Federico kill, forcing a PC timeout. After a Clemson service error made it 10-5, the Tigers won the next four straight to make it 14-5. A Frank kill and Clemson attack error helped PC cut the margin to seven, 14-7.
A block by Hall and Berryman cut Clemson’s lead to six, 16-10, but the Tigers took a 6-1 run, capped off by back to back kills, and led 22-11. Berryman gave PC its 12th point with a kill but the Tigers won the next three points to win the third set, 25-12.
The fourth set started well for the Blue Hose as they opened up a 4-1 lead off kills from Berryman and Hall. After Clemson rallied to tie the set at 4-4, both teams traded points to tie the set at 5-5 and again at 6-6. The Tigers scored five straight after that to take an 11-6 lead. Frank ended the Blue Hose drought with a kill to make it 11-7.
Trailing by five, PC capitalized on two Clemson errors to cut the margin to three, 13-10, but the Tigers rattled off four unanswered kills, including two from Federico, to take a 17-10 lead. Clemson extended its lead to eight at 23-15 and won the final two points to take the 25-15 fourth set and match win.