Clemson University

Tigers continue hot play, take down Duke in volleyball

Clemson continued its hot streak on the volleyball court, beating No. 13 Duke over the weekend and taking over first place in the ACC.

The Tigers have won 11 straight matches, only dropping four of 37 games during the span. They're the only undefeated team in the conference and the win over the Blue Devils was the first over a ranked opponent since 2004.

Danielle Hepburn tied her season-high with 19 kills and paced five Tigers in double figures. Meghan Steiner added 13 kills and the match point.

Clemson had 14 matches remaining going into Tuesday's tussle at Georgia Tech. The 15-2 start has some fans recalling the Tigers' lone ACC regular-season champion, in 1999.

That squad went 31-3 and won the conference before bowing out in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Led by Alison Coday, Cindy Stern, Jodi Steffes and Jessi Betcher, Clemson made history with a .912 winning percentage.

• HIGH MARK: South Carolina senior George Bryan shot a career-best 65 at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate at The Ridges over the weekend and led the No. 6 Gamecocks to a 12th-place finish. Bryan nailed 11 birdies, including five on the back nine, and fell one stroke short of tying the course and tournament single-round records.

Bryan was joined by senior Mark Anderson, who shot a 70 in the final round and finished one-under.

• GETTING BACK ON TRACK: The embattled Clemson men's soccer team, reeling through a 4-7-1 season, finally notched its first ACC win over the weekend by upsetting No. 4 Virginia, 2-1. Freshman Tommy Drake hit the game-winner in the middle of the second half and the Tigers improved to 1-4 in the conference.

After losing several seniors and the core of a College Cup squad two years ago, Clemson dropped five of its first eight matches before rebounding with a 6-1 win over Georgia Southern. But Maryland overcame the Tigers in overtime and UNC Asheville won 2-1 before the Virginia match.

Michael Brooks scored the first goal and Drake hit the final, giving coach Trevor Adair his 48th win over a Top 25 team and the 199th overall victory of his college career. The Tigers play Furman tonight before getting back into ACC play against North Carolina and N.C. State next week.

• EARLY LOOK: Anyone interested in seeing a preview of Clemson's men's basketball team should stop by Littlejohn Coliseum before Saturday's home football game. The Tigers will hold their annual Orange & White Scrimmage and the event is open to the public.

Clemson returns four starters from a 25-win team that advanced to the NIT championship game. The Tigers begin the season with an exhibition against Augusta State on Nov. 6.

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