The Cavaliers were led by Simone Asque who landed a team-high 17 kills, while junior Kendahl Voelker knocked down 11. Defensively, senior Brittani Rendina collected 19 digs and classmate Tara Hester had 18, while junior AJ Cushman contributed 17.
Freshman Jessica O'Shoney blocked a match-high six attacks and classmate Rachel Gray led all players with 46 assists.
In addition, with her first kill of the match, senior Lauren Dickson became the 14th Cavalier to reach the 1,000 career kills plateau. She currently has 1,002.
For Clemson (23-8, 13-6 ACC), Lia Proctor paced the attack with 20 kills, while Didem Ege collected 21 digs. Kelsey Murphy distributed 43 helpers.
Behind solid play at the net by Gray, the Cavaliers were able to gain a slight edge throughout the opening set and held onto it until Clemson rallied for a three-point run to take a two-point lead at 21-19, forcing Virginia to call a timeout. The Cavaliers responded with back-to-back kills out of the slight intermission, before Asque stepped up for Virginia, knocking down two kills and a block, to lead UVa to a 25-22 set win.
Clemson used three-consecutive kills and an ace at the beginning of the second set to pull ahead 8-4. The squads traded points throughout the middle of the frame, before another run by Clemson gave the Tigers a seven-point lead at 23-17 allowing them to cruise to a 25-18 victory.
The Cavaliers worked for a 19-14 lead throughout the third frame, but two three-point runs by Clemson evened the score at 20 all. Virginia snapped the streak with two-unanswered points, but the Tigers would win five of the final six points to take the set 25-23.
A 10-point run in favor of the Tigers at the beginning of the fourth frame doomed the Cavaliers. Behind 13-3, Virginia rallied to cut its deficit to six, but it wouldn't be enough as Clemson went on to win 25-15.
Virginia (12-18, 7-12 ACC) will conclude its season on Wednesday, heading to Virginia Tech for a 5 p.m., contest at Cassell Coliseum.
Lynch Makes Timely Return to MoundBaseball5/28/16In his first appearance since April 13, freshman Daniel Lynch retired all four batters he faced Friday in Virginia's ACC tournament loss to Wake Forest.Transfers Eager to Help Lift ProgramFootball5/26/16UVA's football team added three transfers this spring: quarterback Kurt Benkert, offensive guard Jared Cohen and defensive end Jack Powers.Cavaliers' Reign Atop NCAA ContinuesMen's Tennis5/25/16With a 4-1 win over Oklahoma on Tuesday night, top-seeded Virginia captured its second straight NCAA men's title and third in four seasons.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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