Nov. 18, 2016
CLEMSON, S.C. — Sophomore libero Ryann DeJarld recorded her 1,000th career dig early in the contest, and freshman outside hitter Jemma Yeadon contributed a team-high 16 kills to power Notre Dame (20-9, 11-6 ACC) in a 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) sweep at Clemson (6-23, 1-16 ACC).
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame opened with a 25-18 first set triumph, scoring six of the final seven points of the frame. The Irish registered 14 kills to finish with a .310 hitting percentage for the set.
After Clemson closed an early deficit to 14-13 in favor of Notre Dame during the second set, the Irish ultimately won five of the next seven points to open a 19-15 advantage. The Tigers trimmed the gap once more to 21-18 before Notre Dame scored four of the final six points to go up two sets to none with a 25-20 stanza.
Notre Dame quickly broke away from Clemson in what began as a 5-3 third set, scoring eight of the next nine points to raise its lead over the host Tigers to 13-4. Clemson would get within eight points at 14-6 before the Irish put the match away, taking 11 of the final 14 points for the match sweep at 25-9. The Irish hit at a .522 clip in the final set, registering only one error in 23 total attack opportunities to finish off the victory.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
For the 16th time this season, Jemma Yeadon registered double digit kills to pace the Notre Dame attack. Yeadon’s 16 kills against Clemson, which were two from equaling a season-high 18 set on Sept. 30 against Duke, marked the third straight match the freshman outside hitter finished in double figures in kills. Yeadon logged six kills during the third set alone, which included three straight to put Notre Dame ahead 13-4 in the frame.
STAT OF THE MATCH
As a team, Notre Dame hit above a .350 clip for an entire match for the third time this season, finishing with 40 kills and a .360 hitting percentage at Clemson. The Irish also held Clemson to nine points during the third set (25-9) to complete the match sweep, the fewest points a Notre Dame opponent has managed in a single set this season.
- Notre Dame earned its 20th overall win of 2016, the first time the Irish have cleared the 20-win watermark in a season since 2012.
- The Irish won the first set for the 15th time in 17 ACC matches.
- Ryann DeJarld surpassed the 1,000-dig plateau for her career in just her second season at Notre Dame, and now has 522 digs this season alone.
- DeJarld added a season-high four service aces against Clemson, including three out of four Notre Dame scoring plays during a surge in the third set.
- Sydney Kuhn reached double-digit kills for the fifth time this season, and the fourth against an ACC opponent, by notching 11 kills in the win over Clemson.
- Taylor Zwickl logged 20 or more assists for the fourth straight match, finishing the night one helper off tying a season high with 24 assists at Clemson.
- With seven aces in the match Notre Dame has notched five or more aces in 23-of-29 matches this season.
- The Irish are now 5-3 against Clemson in the all-time series.
- Notre Dame improved to 8-3 in true road matches this season, and is now 7-2 away from home in the ACC.
- Notre Dame improved to a perfect 9-0 in three-set matches this season.
Notre Dame remains on the road to close out the weekend, heading next to Georgia Tech for a matchup with the Yellow Jackets at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20.
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