NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team dropped a pair of three-set matches to Clemson and Rhode Island as the Blue Hens wrapped up action at the Yale Invitational on Saturday.

Clemson (4-2) posted a 25-19, 25-23, 25-19 victory over the Blue Hens (0-6), before Rhode Island (2-4) recorded a 25-20, 25-19, 25-18 triumph in the late afternoon match.

Maria Bellinger led the offensive attack for Delaware against the Tigers with a match-high 11 kills, while Bailey Pearlman added five kills of her own. Abby Skryd (left) dished out 24 assists to go with six digs, Raven Luckett posted a career-high six blocks, and Maddie Judge (below) recorded a team-leading eight digs.

Kaylin Korte paced Clemson with 11 kills, while Madi Howell made 15 digs.

Delaware trailed by just a point at 20-19 in the opening set, but Clemson reeled off the next five points to take the early lead. The Blue Hens won 10 of 13 points to surge in front 15-12 during the second stanza and were still down only one at 24-23, before a kill by the Tigers’ Megan McGinley gave Clemson a two-set cushion. A five-point run gave UD a 9-7 advantage in the third frame, but the Tigers answered with five consecutive points of their own and led the rest of the way.

Bellinger again led all players with 13 kills vs. the Rams, in addition to her team-high nine digs. Brooke Robertson contributed seven kills and seven digs, while Liz Tobey chipped in with a career-best four kills. Skryd finished with 26 digs during the match, while Kori Rasmussen added three aces and eight digs.

Kylee Wolfe slammed 11 kills and Live Lunde Fossdal contributed 10 for Rhode Island, while Lauren Pick handed out 29 assists.

Delaware led 19-18 during a tightly-contested opening set that featured 10 ties, but Rhode Island won seven of the final eight points to jump in front. The Rams continued their momentum by exploding for a 15-5 lead in the second set, and led by at least five points the rest of the stanza. The Blue Hens won eight of 10 points early in the third set to take a 12-7 advantage, but Rhode Island answered with a 13-2 run to pull away.

HEAD COACH SARA MATTHEWS:
"We made some progress this weekend in certain areas, and in others we still have to continue to improve. Our first ball contact has to get better so we have more options offensively and can spread the ball out. We are excited to get back in the gym and get to work preparing for next weekend."

HEN SCRATCHINGS:

• Bellinger was the Blue Hens' representative on the All-Tournament Team
• Clemson improved to 2-1 in the all-time series against Delaware
• The Tigers are the first of three ACC opponents for the Blue Hens, who will take on Miami (Fla.) and Boston College next weekend at Temple
• Bellinger, who has led UD in kills during all six matches, surpassed the 400-kills mark for her career
• Bellinger has reached double figure kills in four straight contests
• Luckett’s previous career-high in blocks was two before she posted six vs. Clemson
• Despite the loss to Rhode Island, Delaware still holds a 9-4 all-time lead vs. the Rams

UPCOMING SCHEDULE:
• Delaware vs. Miami, Fla. (Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Cherry & White Challenge) - Friday, September 8 (2:30 p.m.)
• Delaware vs. Boston College (Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia Cherry & White Challenge) - Saturday, September 9 (11 a.m.)

MEDIA INFORMATION: Contact Kevin Tritt | ktritt@udel.edu | Office: 302-831-8715 | Cell: 302-383-5005