CLEMSON, S.C. – The Clemson volleyball team fell to Florida State (9-25, 24-26, 14-25) Wednesday afternoon in Jervey Gym. The Tigers were led by senior setter Keely Hayes, who tallied 30 assists for the third time this season. Junior outside hitter Kailey Harvell led Clemson’s hitting effort with eight kills on 22 swings. Defensively, freshman libero Madi Howell added 13 digs.
Clemson trailed from the beginning, falling behind to a 9-4 deficit to open the first. Florida State embarked on a 9-0 run to close the set, 25-9.
The Tigers looked better in the second and used a 4-0 run, featuring back-to-back kills by Harvell, in the middle of the set to narrow the FSU lead to 14-12. With the score 21-16 in favor of the Seminoles, the Tigers capitalized on an 8-3 run, including Megan McGinley service ace, which tied the set, 24-24. On the next play, FSU gained the sideout on a Seminole kill and went on to claim the next point and the set, 26-24.
S2 | SERVICE ACE Megan McGinley to tie the set at 24-24!! Tigers on an 8-3 run! pic.twitter.com/X8B9598XGu— Clemson Volleyball (@ClemsonVB) November 22, 2017
Clemson could not find its rhythm in the third as the Seminoles jumped out to a 15-8 lead. FSU would close out the set a 5-0 to claim the match and improve to 17-10 overall and 11-8 in ACC play. With the loss, Clemson falls to 7-24 on the year and 2-17 in conference play.
Up next, Clemson returns to Jervey Gym Friday Nov. 24 to host Miami (19-5, 13-5 ACC) at 2 p.m. Friday’s contest will serve as the Tigers’ Senior Day in which setter Keely Hayes, defensive specialist Kennedy Wilson-Talmadge and current student assistant and former outside hitter Meghan Hanewall will be honored. Live stats for Friday’s contest can be accessed on clemsontigers.com.