Terps Fall to Clemson Tigers 3-0
#3 Brittany Fennell drives one home past #18 Maddi Lee during Maryland's 3-0 loss to Clemson at Comcast Arena in College Park MD on October 18, 2008. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Mary Beth Brown led the Terps with 9 kills, 19 attacks, and a .316 attack average but her prowess on the court couldn't help the Terps edge out the 2007 ACC Champion Clemson Tigers. On the other side of the net Clemson made a strong showing with Danielle Hepburn leading the way with 14 kills and an overall percentage of .478 that gave her a team high 19 points. Jeannette Abbott was also mentionable with 11 kills and a team high 25 attacks for 12 points this afternoon.

42 kills by the Tigers propelled the defending Champions to a straight-set victory over the Terps 25-18, 25-17, and a solid 25-9.

Maryland took an early lead on 4 strong serves by Hayley Hanson that resulted in attack errors by the Tiger defense. However, Lia Proctor killed off a 5-4 deficit and took the Tigers out to a comfortable 11-5 lead before committing a service error after her 9th serve. From there the Tigers cruised with a 6 point margin for the remainder of the first set before taking it 25-18.

The Terps trailed Clemson by a 1 point margin before tying the second set at 9 apiece on a strong kill by Katie Usher. The invigorated team then took an 11-9 lead before Clemson Head Coach Jolene Jordan Hoover called timeout. A noticeably reorganized Tiger backcourt emerged and battled back to a 11-11 tie before pulling ahead 15-12. There was little Maryland could do to stem the bleeding caused by Cansu Ozdemir and Kelsey Murphy before the Tigers claimed a 25-17 win in the second set.

The third and final set played out with Ozdemir and Murphy at the helm for most of the march towards 25 points. Mary Beth Brown scored 4 of the Terps' 9 points with kills while Meredith Doyle and Maddi Lee delivered the remaining offensive points for Maryland.

With today's loss the Terps fall to 1-8 in conference play and 5-16 overall. However, with 11 conference games remaining in the regular season the Terps still have a shot at a winning conference record. Maryland looks to a road contest against Duke in Durham NC to snap their 8 game losing skid. The Terps have been winless in October and their last victory came in College Park when Maryland faced Boston College on September 23rd.