It was not a good ACC opener for Clemson’s volleyball team Friday at Jervey Gymnasium in Clemson. The Tigers youth and inexperience at key positions showed up in key moments as Georgia Tech dropped them in straight sets (25-16, 25-15 and 25-10).
“I think the biggest thing we need to get back to is our competitive intensity,” said Clemson head coach Michaela Franklin. “That’s something that I know our team can control and that we can bring. I’ve seen it out of our group before.
“I think that’s the biggest thing that we are trying to get out of them. We’ve seen glimpses of it and it’s really good when you see it.”
The Tigers (5-8, 0-1 ACC) had several opportunities to take control of the first set, but it seemed as if the front line and the back line never got on the same page. It was something that plagued the Tigers all night.
“I think that just comes from our youth and inexperience,” Franklin said. “We have a lot of young people playing at key positions. I thought the game was moving just a little too fast for us at times tonight. However, that will come with the more experience we get.”
Outside hitter Kaylin Korte led the Tigers with eight kills, eight digs and one block on the night. Setter Caroline Pearson added 14 assists and nine digs as well. The two were encouraged by a very loud crowd inside Jervey Gym.
“I thought that we had an amazing home crowd for our ACC opener and our crowd continues to grow along with the support from the community, which I think is amazing to see over the course of the season,” Franklin said.
Clemson will look to rebound in its first ACC road match of the year against Wake Forest (8-5, 0-1 ACC), which is slated for Sunday at 1 p.m., in Winston Salem, N.C.
–Staff Reports contributed to this story
—Photo courtesy Clemson Athletic Communications