Blue Hen Volleyball Falls To Alabama Before Posting Impressive Win Over Host Tigers at Clemson Classic
CLEMSON, S.C. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to Alabama on Saturday morning but rebounded with an impressive four-set victory over the host Tigers that night as the Blue Hens completed play at the Clemson Classic.
The Crimson Tide posted a 25-17, 20-25, 25-12, 25-17 victory over the Blue Hens, but Delaware bounced back to defeat the Tigers 25-21, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18.
The Blue Hens, who finished in second place at the tournament and are now 8-6 on the year, defeated an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent for the first time since a 3-2 home win over North Carolina on Sept. 18, 2009.
UD sophomore Katie Hillman, who was named to the All-Tournament Team, led Delaware with 19 kills and a .319 hitting percentage during the victory over the Tigers. Senior Katie Hank added 13 kills, and freshman Megan Blunden added 11 kills while hitting .261 on the night.
Sophomore Ariel Shonk, the Blue Hens’ other All-Tournament Team selection, again led the Blue Hens with 15 digs and went over 900 for her career, while Mackenzie Olsen handed out 44 assists. Jill Meyers had a match-best six blocks for UD, which posted nine team blocks and hit .274 during the win.
Moneshia Simmons paced Clemson with 19 kills while Karis Watson added 11 for the Tigers, who fell to 6-5 on the year.
“This was an absolute team victory!,” Delaware head coach Bonnie Kenny said. “We were a very disciplined and good team tonight against a very physical Clemson squad. Simmons is the best outside hitter we have played against this year, and we did not back down. Our offense got better this weekend and that is what we need - people attacking and getting kills. I am very proud of how we competed this weekend.”
During the earlier match against Alabama (11-2), Hank and Hillman each had 10 kills to lead the Blue Hens, while Olsen dished out 30 assists.
Hillman also had 10 digs and five blocks for Delaware, Shonk contributed a team-high 17 digs, and Taylor Hollingsworth chipped in with nine digs.
• Hillman recorded her fifth double-double of the season against Alabama
• Myers, Hillman and Chandler Bryant each had five blocks vs. the Crimson Tide
• Hillman’s 19 kills against Clemson was her third highest total of the year
• Blunden’s 11 kills vs. the Tigers was tied for her second most of the campaign
• Olsen went over the 40-assist mark for the seventh time this season vs. Clemson
• Hollingsworth contributed 10 digs against the Tigers, the third time she reached double figures this year