The Rivalry: Clemson stays ahead

Posted by David Cloninger on September 6, 2013 

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Head coach Shelley Smith

TRACY GLANTZ — tglantz@thestate.com

Clemson retained its all-sports season rivalry lead on a double rivalry night in Clemson on Friday.

The Tigers’ volleyball team overcame South Carolina 3-2 to remain ahead 2-1 in the overall season rivalry. USC claimed its first win of the year when its women’s soccer team beat the Tigers 2-1 earlier in the day.

USC 2, Clemson 1 (women’s soccer)
The No. 11 Gamecocks improved to 4-0-1 with two second-half goals, courtesy of Daija Griffin and Raina Johnson. The goals came within a six-minute span.

USC keeper Sabrina D’Angelo gave up her first goal of the year to Clemson’s Tabitha Padgett but it wasn’t enough to lift the Tigers to the win. As per a usual rivalry game, temper were hot -- the match began with yellow cards to USC’s Taylor Leach and Clemson’s Paige Reckert.

Clemson 3, USC 2 (volleyball)
The Tigers claimed the fifth set on their home court to take the annual volleyball match for the third time in four years.

USC took the first set but dropped the next two. The Gamecocks rebounded to win the fourth set, but Clemson leaped to a 9-4 advantage to start the fifth and never looked back. The Tigers took the fifth set 15-9.

THE RIVALRY SCOREBOARD
USC-CLEMSON 2013-14
CLEMSON 2, USC 1
Date Sport Winner Score
Sept. 2 MSoccer CU 2-1 (2OT)
Sept. 6 WSoccer USC 2-1
Sept. 6 Volleyball CU 3-2
Oct. 26 WSwimming/Diving
Nov. 17 MBasketball
Nov. 20 WBasketball
Nov. 30 Football
Feb. 3 WTennis
Feb. 28 Baseball
March 1 Baseball
March 2 Baseball
March 3 MTennis

Next game: Oct. 26, women’s swimming/diving

*NOTE: Only head-to-head matchups are counted. Track meets or golf matches where USC and Clemson, plus other schools, competed are not eligible.

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